The Indiana Department of Labor can offer guidance to employers and employees regarding safety and health, as well as wage and hour issues occurring during the pandemic. We will continue to accept and process safety and health complaints related to the COVID-19 pandemic through our IOSHA nonformal complaint form available at www.in.gov/dol/3144.htm.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Call your doctor if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area or community with known cases of COVID-19. Stay at home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas or use public transportation.
According to the CDC, the respiratory disease was first detected in China. On January 30, 2020, the International Health regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern."
Prevention of Spread
The best way to prevent spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to avoid exposure. The CDC recommends the following preventative actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, or coughing.
- If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home as much as possible
- Maintain physical distance between yourself and other people; The CDC recommends a physical distance of at least 6 feet at all times
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover while around others
- The cloth face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
- Do not place face coverings on children under age 2, anyone with trouble breathing, or unable to remove the mask without assistance
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker
For a complete guide on preventing spread of COVID-19, please see the CDC's prevention webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.
Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
OSHA Standards and Directives Applying to COVID-19
Some existing OSHA requirements may apply to preventing occupational exposure. Among the most relevant are:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards (in general industry, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I), which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection.
- The General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970, 29 USC 654(a)(1), which requires employers to furnish to each worker "employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm."
Available OSHA COVID-19 Resources
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (Spanish)
- Ten Steps All workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus (Spanish)
- Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19 (Spanish)
- COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers (Spanish)
- COVID-19 Hazard Recognition
- COVID-19 Control and Prevention
- Resources on Wearing Respirators
- Enforcement Guidance on Decontamination of Filtering Facepice Respirators in Healthcare During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer's Good Faith Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Interim Enforcement Response Plan for coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Enforcement Guidance for Recording cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Temporary Guidance on the enforcement of OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard
Governor Holcomb's "Back On Track Indiana" Strategy
On May 1, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced the Back On Track Indiana reopening strategy, which provides detailed information and a schedule for the cautious reopening of the state's economy and resources for Hoosiers. For the complete strategy, please visit backontrack.in.gov.
For Frequently Asked Questions about previous executive orders and essential businesses, please visit https://events.in.gov/event/indiana-stay-at-home-order-faq/
Fair Labor Standards Act Information
The federal Department of Labor has provided guidance on federal Wage and Hour laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and how they pertain to the pandemic.
Please visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic for information about FLSA and more.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Indiana State Dept. of Health: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- US Wage and Hour Division's COVID-19 webpage
Resources by Industry Sector
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- The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)
- The General Building Contractors Association
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- Guidance for Rideshare, Taxi, and Car Service workers (Spanish)
- Guidance for Retail Pharmacies (Spanish)
- Guidance for Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Workers (Spanish)
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