VOSHA issues workplace safety memo

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VOSHA issues workplace safety memo

Sat, 06/12/2021 - 4:52pm -- tim

Weekend Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics

Vermont is currently at 79.8% of Vermonters receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Just 0.2% more to go, or 1,300 Vermonters to reach the 80% goal and lift all COVID-19 restrictions. There are a series of walk-in clinics happening this weekend at locations around the state, from state parks, to concerts, breweries, dairy farms, and retail locations. NO reservation is needed. ACCD hopes businesses can continue to help spread the word of these clinics to employees or customers who may be looking for a quick and easy way to get vaccinated and help the state reach the 80% mark. Please reference the Department of Health website to find a clinic near you.

VOSHA Workplace Safety Memo

The Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) released a memo this week for Vermont businesses on workplace safety tips relating to COVID-19. The memo offers 10 things to think about as the state prepares to lift all mandates and restrictions. Find the 10 things below and the full memo on the VOSHA website.

Employers are not required to adopt CDC guidance and may choose to require masking for employees and/or customers should they choose. If the employers choose to implement the most current CDC guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, VOSHA recommends employers establish documented and well communicated policies for their workplaces which cover the following 10 items:

1 Clearly communicating the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated.”
2 Inform staff and/or customers that they are required to follow the masking and spacing guidelines based on their vaccination status, and that, by choosing not to wear a mask, employees are attesting that they meet the definition of fully vaccinated.
3 Instruct all employees to monitor their symptoms daily, and to stay home if they are unwell or have a fever, regardless of vaccination status.
4 Strongly encourage and provide necessary supplies for continued good hygiene practices.
5 Remind employees that have not been fully vaccinated to continue to follow established masking and physical distancing procedures.
6 Remind employees that are immunocompromised (or those who live with a family member of such condition) that they may voluntarily wear a mask and physically distance, even if they have been vaccinated.
7 Allow for reasonable accommodations to assist staff who are either unvaccinated or immunocompromised maintain a safe and healthy workspace.
8 Encourage respect and support in the work environment for all individuals, specifically those who choose to maintain more cautious practices.
9 Any medically related work on the worksite (company medical offices, first aid applications, etc.) continue to be under the more restrictive masking and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements as outlined through the OSHA Universal Precautions.
10 Frequently monitor the state’s COVID guidance at accd.vermont.gov or healthvermont.gov.

Economic Recovery Bridge Program 

The Economic Recovery Bridge Program is now open and accepting applications. The program is expected to deliver $30 million in financial relief to businesses who have not received state and federal funding due to eligibility constraints, and to businesses who can show a continued loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the program is available at the ACCD Recovery Resource Center, including a video recording of a webinar on the program and a video tutorial on how to apply.

FEMA Healthy Buildings Webinar 

FEMA's Region 1 COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will hold a webinar outlining overarching healthy buildings principles and strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and improve indoor air quality on Monday, June 14th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. The program will look at issues that are common across a range of hospitality and arts and culture spaces and venues, such as historic buildings, meeting halls, opera houses, theatres, community centers, bars and restaurants, inns and lodging properties, and wedding and event venues. No registration is need and you can access the webinar via Zoom or dial in at 929-205-6099, meeting ID: 988 9604 9452.

Community Development Conference

Join the Vermont Community Development Association for their June 17th virtual conference, “Reimagining our Public Spaces.” Hear from a lineup of community and economic development experts and leaders as they share their experiences with community redevelopment projects and discuss resources and support available to communities.

Source: Agency of Commerce & Community Development 6.12.2021