Since 1994, William D. Jones MD has assisted Oklahoma City, OK patients with occupational safety needs. As a medical doctor in Oklahoma City, William D. Jones MD focuses much energy on keeping up to date on COVID-19 protocols in the workplace.
Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe workplace, determined by OSHA and state guidelines. To track changes in rules, an employer should designate someone to check these rules online at least weekly. Whatever policy an employer adopts, it should follow OSHA guidelines the closest and implement state policies as much as possible without contradicting federal rules. Employers should also seek legal advice to help interpret relevant laws regarding public health protocols for their business type.
Employees in different industries will follow guidelines tailored to them, current COVID-19 transmission rates in their location, and company culture. Office workers in a low-transmission area, at cubicles or desks more than six feet apart, may still need to wear masks if their company policy dictates it. Small and or poorly-ventilated spaces, regardless of industry, will implement stricter measures, like limiting maximum worker capacities, staggering shifts, or providing surgical-grade PPE.