OSHA Highlights Importance of Worker Safety During The Holidays

OSHA provides resources for employers and employees to defer to for the upcoming holiday season.

OSHA and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a reminder on November 20 to employers to emphasize their responsibility to protect worker safety during the holiday season.

OSHA advises employers to train workers to recognize potential job hazards and implement safety practices to stop the spread of COVID-19. There is also a focus on temporary or seasonal workers, who should also be properly trained and made aware of workplace procedures despite not being long term employees.

“Throughout the holiday season, all employees, including seasonal workers, should be trained not only on how to perform their jobs safely, but also on how to stay safe from the coronavirus.” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.

OSHA also advocates for workers to receive “rightful wages” while working during the holidays. More information on OSHA’s regulations for employers to follow can be found at osha.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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