Recently, David DeVita, owner of Carolina Safety Consultants, spoke WSPA Channel 7 to discuss the role employers must play in keeping their workers safe during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
OSHA requires that all employers provide a safe working environment for their employees. “Employers need to just understand that ignorance is not an acceptable excuse,” David noted. “You as a business owner, you as an employer, are responsible to know what the guidelines are and what OSHA requires.” With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, determining just what precautions ensure a safe workplace can be tricky.
With OSHA’s updated enforcement plan now in place, employers have stricter guidelines to follow regarding COVID-19-specific workplace protections. So far, South Carolina OSHA has received 300 COVID-19-related complaints from workers, with 135 of them resulting in official complaints. As OSHA begins actively investigating coronavirus workplace safety violations, staying in compliance with updated guidance for employers is more important than ever.