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COVID-19

Is COVID "Work-Related" & Covered Under Insurance? 

As companies start to see employees contract coronavirus, some have questioned whether and how to claim costs related to employee treatment with Workers Comp. NAPA’s understanding is that these types of industry claims are being denied. Some state's may allow such claims, work-related or not. Before submitting, companies should review whether a claim infers the illness is work-related and therefore recordable (or reportable) under OSHA's recordkeeping standard.

OSHA's May 19 guidance states: "COVID-19 illnesses are likely work-related when several cases develop among workers who work closely together and there is no alternative explanation." Two months later, OSHA provided additional guidance on reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations but rescinded that guidance two weeks later. Ogletree Deakins, a national labor-related law firm, posted a flowchart to help employers visualize whether an employee’s COVID-19 case should be considered recordable or reportable. 

NAPA Releases Employee Temperature Scanning Protocol

Download "COVID-19 Fit for Duty: Temperature Screening Protocol" to help understand the latest guidance. There are five key things to know:

  1. Temperature scans should be considered in conjunction with standardized health assessment questionnaire screening.
  2.  Use a “touchless” or contactless thermometer if at all possible.
  3. Ensure that the screener is provided with and wearing appropriate PPE.
  4. Determine the best way to “record” the temperature scan information.
  5. Notify any employee that has an elevated temperature of 100.4 o F or higher and prohibit them from working for at least 14 days.

Construction Industry Updates Exposure Prevention, Preparedness & Response Plan

The plan outlines the steps every employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, including wearing proper personal protective equipment, adhering to cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and responding when a worker becomes sick.

OSHA Alert to Help Keep Construction Workers Safe

OSHA's Health & Safety Alert provides best practices to keep construction workers safe during the pandemic. One of the agency’s recommendations is to allow workers to wear face coverings. While the information provided in OSHA’s Alert is consistent with NAPA’s guidance, NAPA’s guidance, accessible here on NAPA’s COVID Health & Safety Webpage, provides additional and industry-specific guidance on protecting road construction workers.