Yesterday, on September 6, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Department of Health’s designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease. This designation triggers employer obligations to implement workplace safety plans under New York State’s HERO Act.
The plans adopted by employers must address a number of safety measures including, but not limited to, employee health screenings, masking and social distancing requirements, workplace hygiene stations, workplace cleaning protocol, quarantine protocol, and building airflow technology. Employers are required to distribute their work safety plan to all employees and post it in a visible and prominent location within each worksite. More information on employers’ HERO Act obligations can be found here.