Virginia’s Temporary Standard: Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19

Virginia is the very first state to implement a standard specifically addressing measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This standard is known as Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19, 16VAC25-220. It serves as a supplement to enhance existing Virginia OSHA (VOSH) laws, rules, and regulations and applies to all employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The standard’s first compliance date is related to training and becomes effective August 26, 2020. For businesses at higher risk, such as healthcare, additional documentation and training requirements must be met by September 25, 2020.

A brief recap of important information:

  • All employees should be trained about the standard, COVID 19 and prevention measures with an effective date of August 26, 2020
  • A written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan must be created, implemented, and training on the plan by September 25 for groups that fall into the very high, high and medium with 11 or more workers level of risk.
  • Required:
    • Hazard assessment listing the different risk levels and what activities that increase the risk to the worker.
    • Exposure Assessment for all workers.
    • Training on the regulation, the virus, and measure to reduce the spread of infection.
    • Employer notification of exposure to workers and subcontractors.
    • HVAC evaluation.
    • Written sick leave and return to work policies.
    • Occupancy signage.
    • Statement of nondiscrimination for workers when exercising their rights under the standard.

Who needs this training?

All employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Why?

It serves as a supplement to enhance existing VOSH laws, rules, and regulations

What do I do?

For starters, view our recorded complimentary webinar that provides an overview of the standard and the specific actions you must take to comply. This is an overview of the standard and will NOT meet the training required by the standard. Click here to view this recorded webinar!

  • Bookmark this TMC page. We will publish updates on any new information that you need to know to comply with this standard.
  • Share this information with anyone you know that will be impacted, especially those who are in healthcare.

TMC Provides You the Resources You Need

To comply with the Virginia Infectious Disease and Prevention standard each business must provide training to all employees and prepare a written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response plan if falling into certain risk categories.

Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

TMC is pleased to present an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan to meet the requirements of the Infectious Disease and Prevention standard. Employers with employees designated in very high risk, high risk, and medium risk with 11 or more employees, must complete and implement a written plan. The effective date for the written plan and training on the plan is September 25, 2020.

The plan, presented electronically in a PDF fillable format, allows for customization to meet the specific needs of the business, and will address the following:

  • Assignment of an Administrator of the plan
  • Determining levels of risk based on job tasks and site
  • Signs and symptoms of the virus and risk factors that may lead to severe illness if infected.
  • Engineering, work practice controls and PPE that are being utilized
  • Contingency operations because of outbreaks
  • Basic infection control practices to reduce the spread of the virus
  • CDC recommendations that are followed to meet the requirements of this standard.

Start now and meet the last-minute stress of plan development! Get your plan now!

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TMC OSHA service clients receive a complimentary copy of the plan free until OCTOBER 1, 2020. After October 1, 2020, the price will be $200.
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Virginia’s Temporary Infectious Disease Prevention Standard Online Training Course

Didn’t make the live session? No worries. We have created an online course you can watch when it is convenient for you, receive the required certificate of training, as well as one (1) hour of continuing education. This is not a group training. It is individual training. This online training covers Virginia’s standard specifically addressing measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID -19. It serves as a supplement to enhance existing VOSH laws, rules, and regulations and applies to all employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our course provides the training your staff needs to meet the training requirements of the standard, as well as training on the written Infectious Disease Plan. You will receive a certificate of completion and CE credits.

Non-TMC Clients:  $20 per person   TMC Clients*:  $5 per person

*TMC OSHA service clients receive this pricing for online training until OCTOBER 1, 2020. After October 1, 2020, the price will be $20 per person.

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You need to have both the written plan and the training to be compliant with Virginia Temporary Standard Infectious Disease and Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19 §16VAC25-220.

 

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