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Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

“This Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) provides instructions and guidance to Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. On May 26, 2020, the previous memorandum on this topic[1] will be rescinded, and this new Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan will go into and remain in effect until further notice. This guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Please frequently check OSHA’s webpage at www.osha.gov/coronavirus for updates.”

Attachments from the Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan:

  • Specific enforcement procedures (Attachment 1)
  • A sample employer letter for COVID-19 activities (Attachment 2)
  • A sample hazard alert letter (Attachment 3)
  • A sample alleged violation description for a citation under the general duty clause, Section 5(a)(1), of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act (Attachment 4)
  • Additional references, including OSHA’s prior COVID-19-related enforcement memoranda (Attachment 5)