News and Analysis
The Ohio Department of Health has made available this editable sign — in Microsoft Word format — for businesses to post as a reminder to customers to stay home if sick. Click the “download” button on the right side of the page to view the document.
Also, check out the Ohio Emergency PPE Makers’ Exchange if your business is in search of safety signage. 5/13/2020
University Hospitals has published the “UH Healthy Restart Playbook” to provide businesses with guidance to help keep their workforce, facilities and customers safe. The playbook includes a website with important, up-to-date content; a downloadable version of the playbook; and an opportunity to ask UH experts for advice. 5/11/2020
Meatpacking plants have been forced to take some of the most aggressive steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This playbook and checklist was developed by University of Nebraska Medical Center public health specialists to help meat plants fight COVID-19. It includes sections on factory ventilation and physical barriers. 5/11/2020
This week, the Senate’s General Government and Agency Review Committee heard sponsor testimony on House Bill 308 — legislation that would allow first responders to receive Ohio workers’ compensation benefits if diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even without an accompanying physical injury.
Were HB 308 enacted, it would mark the first time that Ohio would allow a mental claim without accompanying physical harm. Current law prohibits so-called “mental-mental claims.” There is concern that Ohio lawmakers are aiming to pass the bill before year’s end. 5/14/2020
In late March, the Ohio Legislature passed and the governor signed House Bill 197 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore has published this insight into how HB 197 changed Ohio workers’ compensation system in two key ways: permitting public meetings and “tolling” deadlines. 5/12/2020
This week, government agencies and OMA Connections Partners published more helpful COVID-19-related guidance for manufacturers, including:
- The state’s guidance on Ohio travel, checklist for businesses and employers, and guidance for re-opening.
- The Ohio Department of Health’s updated checklist for employers regarding potentially exposed workers.
- OSHA’s new video and poster on how to properly wear and remove a mask/respirator.
- CDC’s updated guidance on strategies to optimize the supply of PPE, as well as the use of cloth face coverings.
- Fisher Phillips’ guidance on factors that employers should consider when taking employees’ temperatures, as well as guidance on developing a proactive workplace safety plan.
Meanwhile, the OMA has updated its FAQ document, which addresses concerns raised by members (new questions are in green text). Also, the OMA has published this document called “Safety Guidance & Resources for Manufacturers During the COVID-19 Emergency.” 5/7/2020
The “Stay Safe Ohio” order, issued a week ago, replaced Ohio’s stay-at-home order and contains the safety protocols of the DeWine administration’s re-opening plan. Manufacturers should pay special attention to Sections 8, 10, 16, 20, and 21(a).
OSHA’s poster to prevent workplace coronavirus exposure has been published in 11 additional languages. The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer should implement to protect workers’ safety and health during the pandemic. 5/6/2020
The National Association of Manufacturers has refreshed its state tracker to provide the latest re-opening information across all 50 states. Also, the U.S. Chamber has launched an interactive map comparing state-by-state re-opening guidelines for employers. 5/6/2020