August 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Updated Guidance on Protecting Vaccinated and At-Risk Workers from COVID-19

Based on recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released updated guidance to protect workers from the coronavirus.

While reiterating the vaccination is the best step to protect the workforce, the new guidance recommends:

*Fully vaccinated workers in areas of substantial or high community transmission wear masks in order to protect unvaccinated workers

*Fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people with coronavirus wear masks for up to 14 days unless they have a negative coronavirus test at least 3-5 days after such contact

In addition, the full guidance, which can be read here, clarifies recommendations to protect unvaccinated workers and other at-risk workers in manufacturing, meat and poultry processing, seafood processing and agricultural processing; it also links to the latest guidance on K-12 schools and CDC statements on public transit.

Click here to read the U.S. Department of Labor’s full press release.

For more information, please contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.