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OSHA’s continued effort to fight COVID-19? A multilingual poster

OSHA’s “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster (pictured below), mentioned in a previous edition of Direct & Current, is now available in 13 languages. In addition to English, the poster is being disseminated in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French Creole, Hmong (China), Korean, Polish, Russian, Tagalog (Philippines), and Vietnamese. These additions could prove timely and advantageous to certain areas in particular that have developed into new hot spots, like Russia and Brazil.

The poster, originally released April 6, encourages sick workers to stay home; supports flexible worksites and staggered work shifts; discourages workers from using other workers’ phones, desks and other work equipment; and details how to use EPA-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.

The specific coronavirus prevention materials demonstrate (once again) the severity of this year’s frightening pandemic. Moreover, they also serve a practical purpose in addressing one of the most susceptible aspects of American society—the few industries still deemed “essential” enough to be operational. These workers are still in potential contact and therefore mathematically more prone to spreading the virus. Many have had questions about how essential businesses will safely operate, so it’s reassuring to see OSHA’s response.

The government-controlled body also appears to be taking proactive steps on a larger stage, too. Bloomberg reported that OSHA is probing an Amazon warehouse in Hazleton, Pennsylvania over concerns of COVID-19 spreading there. And in Oregon, the number of OSHA complaints filed after the governor’s stay-at-home order has been described as “nothing we’ve ever seen before” according to one Oregon news station.

It is equally worth noting that there are also adverse reports to OSHA’s handling of the pandemic. Some news outlets have criticized the branch for past decisions that might be limiting options in the present response.

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