How to Stay In Compliance with the OSHA COVID-19 Testing Mandate

As part of the OSHA Covid 19 federal mandate, all employers with 100 or above employees are rushing to find out how to stay in compliance with the OSHA COVID-19 Testing. Because of this mandate, employers are encouraged to test all unvaccinated workers every week.
Employers should want to follow testing guidelines to stay compliant with OSHA and protect their employees. A company's employees are usually its greatest asset, and it is important that everyone in a company feel safe about coming to work. Testing identifies workers infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once an employer becomes aware of any infected employees, it must take action right away that will slow and stop the spread of the virus.
Clear Information
Employees who are undergoing testing for Covid 19 or any other reason should receive clear information, including: the manufacturer, how the test will be performed, who will pay for the test, how and when they will receive test results, who will receive the results, and also any consequences for declining to be tested.
OSHA Compliant
When striving to remain compliant with OSHA, employers must make two possible choices. They must either implement a mandatory vaccination policy or a mandatory face mask and testing policy. All covid 19 tests should be given at a point of care facility or observed by the employer or a telehealth provider.
It is also important to have all testing for Covid 19 be done by reliable and trusted manufacturers. This way, you know you are getting the latest and most effective Covid 19 testing. There should also be a live digital attendant present. This way, the attendant can ensure that a company is enforcing safe testing procedures and within OSHA's standards.
OSHA mandates apply to employers that have 100 or more employees. These employers are not responsible for paying for Covid 19 tests, but they may choose to pay for the test, and in most cases, the employer does pay for them. In some circumstances, an employer may be required to pay for time off to take the test.
Two types of tests are allowed. One of them is the nucleic acid test, and the other is an antigen test. Unvaccinated employees should be tested every seven days, or remote employees should have to take the test before returning to work at their employer's physical location.
Employers are also required to maintain records of each test result provided by the employee. These records must be maintained for at least as long as the emergency temporary standards (ETS) remain in effect. Employers are also required to provide documentation about the employer's mandate policy.
If an employee is discovered to be affected by the Covid 19 virus, their employer should inform all other employees at that facility. At the same time, the employer must maintain confidentiality for the infected employee as required by the Americans with disabilities act. All surface areas with the Covid 19 virus living on them should be fully cleaned and disinfected.
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Global sourcing works with organizations to create OSHA-compliant COVID testing applications. Please reach out to us today to learn more about  what we offer and how we can help keep you and your organization safe during times of uncertainty.

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