OSHA Updates Guidance on Protecting Unvaccinated Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that vaccinated workers in certain COVID-19 hot spots and high-risk settings wear masks to protect unvaccinated and immunocompromised workers, according to recently updated guidelines.

OSHA also recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contact with people who test positive for COVID-19 wear a mask for up to 14 days unless they test negative 3-5 days after the contact.

“The updated guidance expands information on appropriate measures for protecting workers in higher-risk workplaces with mixed-vaccination status workers,” OSHA said. The agency identified the following high-risk work settings as places where employees often have close contact with other people:

  • Manufacturing.
  • Meat, seafood and poultry processing.
  • High-volume retail and grocery.
  • Agricultural processing.

The guidance was updated to align with the latest mask-wearing and COVID-19 testing recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).