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OSHA issues guidance for the home repair industry

There are many appliances and systems inside the home that periodically need repair, from refrigerators to furnaces to sinks.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently issued guidance to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for workers who perform in-home repair services.

  1. Stay home if you are sick.
  2. Prior to arrival, ask if anyone in the household is experiencing any COVID symptoms.
  3. Consider delaying non-emergency work if there is a symptomatic person in the house.
  4. Follow all appropriate infection control measures if the work can’t be postponed.
  5. Encourage personnel to do the following for all in-home visit:
  • Wear face coverings
  • Avoid shaking hands with customers
  • Maintain at least 6’ of distance from co-workers and customers when possible
  • Use walls and closed doors or install plastic sheeting to separate workers and customers
  • Regularly clean and sanitize tools and equipment using EPA-approved chemicals from List N or have label claims against COVID-19
  • Report any safety and health concerns to a supervisor
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