The SafeJob Checklist information is based on the OSHA guidance documents that describe what different industries can do to protect their workers from COVID-19. The problem, in OSHA’s own words, is that the federal government’s COVID information is a guidance “not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations.” As in, employers are free to ignore the advice. Still, the content of the OSHA guidances can be used to show what a workplace needs to have to protect its workforce while we use our collective power to turn the guidances into enforceable rules that protect workers’ lives and health.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) website has Coronavirus resources in English and Spanish including a webinar full of great slides and resources by occupation. NCOSH also has a Worker Centered Guide for a Safe and Just Return to Work.
The National Employment Law Center (NELP) has COVID-19 Resources for Unemployed and Frontline Workers including a section of resources for immigrant and temp workers and model state and local safety and health policies.
NELP has also partnered with the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program to publish How States and Localities Can Protect Workplace Safety and Health.
The NIH NIEHS Worker Training Program has posted training tools in English and Spanish and additional resources from the program’s grantees. This website also has a more detailed checklist for exposure prevention in non-healthcare settings.
COVID-19 advice for workers and employers from unions around the world can be found IndustriALL, with affiliates that represent over 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors.
And the AFL-CIO’s Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 includes state based information on how to access resources on replacing lost wages, housing and food assistance programs, health insurance and health services and emergency paid leave.
On May 28, 2020, SF Environment, a Department of the City and County of San Francisco, put out a comprehensive and easy-to-use database called Safer COVID-19 Cleaning Products and Disinfectants.