OSHA Update – Covid-19 Recordable & Fleet Safety/Compliance

We reached out to a contact from OSHA to provide you with information on Covid-19 issues and vehicles/fleet safety and compliance.

OSHA has limited jurisdiction regarding the operations of vehicles; therefore, the OSHA website does not have anything specific on fleet vehicles. However, vehicle cleaning is mentioned for various types of industries in several of our sections of the COVID-19 page and guidance linked from that page.

  • NIOSH has issued guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/disinfecting-transport-vehicles.html
  • An additional resource is a long - but very informative - webinar from AutomotiveFleet.com: "Fleet Policies to Minimize Covid-19 Contagion". Click here for article and to access recorded webinar.
  • It was also suggested that companies look for ways to install barriers in cabs of vehicles, to minimize exposure between employees (similar to plastic/plexiglass used in stores). We have not found any of these on the market, please let us know if you do!
  • COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are true:
  • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
  • The case is work-related (as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5); and
  • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work).

Additional details are available on the OSHA COVID-19 Page at - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html#other_relevant.