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National Safety Council OSHA Guidance During COVID-19

OSHA (May 15, 2020) – During a recent National Safety Council webinar, Chris Brown, Special Assistant in the office of the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Labor, OSHA shared:

"If employers begin to maintain records, such as by writing down temperatures as part of a screening program, ... those do qualify as medical records that need to be maintained for the duration of the employee's employment plus 30 years under the OSHA standard."

"In general we encourage employers to weigh the benefits and burdens of creating and keeping certain types of records, including those types of temperature records mentioned in the question."

"It may be possible to run an effective worker screening program for COVID-19 without needing to write down that information, particularly if employers are screening workers at the start of each shift, when they come into a facility. Workers who have a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or above which is the CDC definition for fever associated with COVID-19 may need to be excluded from the workplace and workers that don’t meet that cutoff can be allowed into the workplace without the need to write down those types of records."

KHA wants members to be aware of this guidance from OSHA related to the recording of employee screening results. KHA neither suggests nor dissuades the recording of temperatures or other employee screening results, but as recommended by OSHA, encourages members to weigh the benefits and burdens of creating and keeping such records. If you have questions, contact Chris Saiya, safety program manager, Kansas Hospital Association Workers Compensation Fund.
--Chris Saiya