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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is part of the United States Department of Labor. The OSHA Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a) (1), “requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
Because of COVID-19, OSHA has released guidelines for employers to use to safely reopen their businesses and return employees to work. These guidelines and examples can be found in the OSHA publication Guidance on Returning to Work.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, business decisions should be made based on information and guidance provided at both state and federal levels for non-essential businesses to reopen.