OSHA COVID-19 Guidance 

OSHA Alert

COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Workers (May 14, 2020)

Enforcement Memoranda

Enforcement Discretion for Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134)

In light of the Presidential Memorandum on making general use respirators available for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has issued temporary enforcement guidance for:

MemorandumApplies toEffective DateStatusRelated Information
Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), Required annual fit-testing (paragraph (f)(2)) March 14, 2020 Remains in effect  
Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), Selection of respirators (paragraph (d)); and/or the equivalent respiratory protection provisions of other health standards April 3, 2020 Remains in effect
Enforcement Guidance for Use of Respiratory Protection Equipment Certified Under Standards of Other Countries or Jurisdictions During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), Selection of respirators (paragraph (d)); and/or the equivalent respiratory protection provisions of other health standards April 3, 2020 Remains in effect
Expanded Temporary Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces in All Industries During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), Required annual fit-testing (paragraph (f)(2)) April 8, 2020 Remains in effect  
Enforcement Guidance on Decontamination of Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) April 24, 2020 Remains in effect

Enforcement Discretion for Other OSHA Standards and Requirements

MemorandumApplies toEffective DateStatusRelated Information
Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Various standards that require annual or recurring audits, reviews, training, or assessments; see memorandum for details. April 16, 2020 Remains in effect