Course 640: OSHA COVID-19 Plan 1910.502 – Healthcare Requirements

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: Healthcare

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Course 643 Developing a COVID-19 Plan

Key Topics

  • Scope and Application
  • Definitions
  • COVID-19 Plan
  • Mini COVID-19 Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Training requirements

Target Audience

  • Employer
  • Committee Leader
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Committee
  • Safety Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The standard focuses on healthcare workers most likely to have contact with someone infected with the virus. OSHA announced the new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) alongside new general industry guidance, both of which are aligned with Centers for Disease Control guidance. See if your company or organization is covered by the ETS.

The healthcare ETS applies, with some exceptions, to settings where any employee provides healthcare services or healthcare support services. The ETS is aimed at protecting workers facing the highest COVID-19 hazards—those working in healthcare settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated. This includes employees in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities; emergency responders; home healthcare workers; and employees in ambulatory care facilities where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize employers and plan coordinators with the general requirements of 1910.502, Healthcare, to best develop and implement a COVID-19 Plan.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - The COVID-19 Plan

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the scope and application of the standard.
  • List and define some of the primary terms used in the standard.
  • Identify the steps in developing the COVID-19 Plan.
  • Discuss the requirements for patient screening and management.
  • Outline the requirements for the use of facemasks and other PPE.
  • Identify situations in which physical distancing is required in the workplace.
  • Give examples of locations where the use of physical barriers may be required.
  • Discuss cleaning and disinfection best practices.
  • Summarize the requirements for proper ventilation.

Module 2 - The COVID-19 Plan (Continued)

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss employer and employee notification requirements.
  • Describe three situations that determine medical removal procedures.
  • Identify the medical removal protection benefits for small and large companies.
  • Summarize how employers provide support to employees being vaccinated.
  • List training requirements for employees and managers.
  • Identify three situations in which COVID-19 retraining is required.
  • Describe anti-retaliation policies.
  • Discuss recordkeeping requirements for companies with more than 10 employees.
  • Summarize COVID-19 fatality and in-patient hospitalization requirements.

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