Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Overview

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The virus that causes COVID-19 has spread nationwide.   Please review the links provided below for more information.

Reporting COVID-19 positive cases:  16 VAC 25-220.B.7.e of the Final Standard provides that “The employer shall notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.”

COVID-19 case reports must be filed through the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) online reporting portal.  By using this portal, these case reports will ensure VDH and DOLI reporting compliance. The new online reporting portal allows employers to submit up to 10 Covid-19 positive cases.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Effective January 27, 2021, in accordance with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus that Causes COVID-19, 16VAC25-220-40.B.7.d and -40.B.7.e:

Notifications to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), 16VAC25-220-40.B.7.d

Employers shall report to VDH within 24 hours of the discovery of two or more of its own employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.

After the initial report of outbreak (two or more cases), employers shall continue to report all cases to VDH until the local health department notifies the business that the outbreak has been closed.

After the outbreak is closed, subsequent identification of two or more cases of COVID-19 during a declared emergency shall be reported, as above.

Notifications to the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), 16VAC25-220-40.B.7.e

Employers shall report to DOLI within 24 hours of the discovery of three or more of its own employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period. 

A reported positive SARS-CoV-2 test does not need to be reported more than once and will not be used for the purpose of identifying more than one grouping of three or more cases, or more than one 14-day period.

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COVID-19 Documents and Procedures

NEW!  Final Permanent Standard, Infectious Disease Prevention:  SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 Adopted Januray 13th, 2021

The Permanent Standard incorporates the following documents by reference:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List N for use against SARS-CoV-2
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories” (Dec. 2009)

Reporting COVID-19 positive cases:  16 VAC 25-220.B.7.e of the Final Standard provides that “The employer shall notify the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus during that 14-day time period.” Employers may use contact information listed on our Report A Workplace Fatality, Severe Injury, Or Positive Coronavirus Case page.

NEW!  Outreach, Education and Training for the COVID-19 Final Permanent Standard, 16VAC25-220

NEW!  Final Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention for COVID-19

Contact Us

    • VOSH is addressing health and safety employees’ concerns related to COVID-19 with a phone/fax investigation. To file a Health or Safety Complaint please follow the link for assistance. File an online complaint
  • For employees that have questions regarding unemployment, please contact the Virginia Employment Commission at http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

NEW! Business Reopening Toolkit

NEW! Guidance from Federal OSHA to employers on returning to work

OSHA Workplace Exposure Posters
In an effort to help promote infection control methods in the workplace, Federal OSHA has created an informative poster. While not required to be posted, it is a good reminder to all employees on ways they can stay safe in the workplace.

OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – English

OSHA Workplace Exposure Poster – Spanish

Consultation Newsletter

Coronavirus Newsletter – (first edition)

Industry Specific Guidance 

NEW! COVID-19 Presentation

Industry Specific Reference Links for COVID-19

Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Reference Material Archive

Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Reference Material Archive

For the next 6 months we will be issuing violations under the ETS to companies for inspections opened on or before January 26th. This page has been created and will be maintained for dealing with citations made under the period of time that the ETS was in place.