Virginia Emergency Temporary Standard Package for Employers
Effective July 27, 2020, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the first state to enact an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to COVID-19. The ETS applies generally to every employer with operations in the state. There are several baseline obligations that employers must meet to comply with the rule. The ETS includes mandates such as performing a hazard assessment, implementing feasible engineering and administrative controls, implementing an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (IDPRP), and conducting training. The Virginia ETS Package for Employers includes a comprehensive template policy that implements the standard and “doubles” as an IDPRP. This policy can be easily adapted to the unique characteristics of a worksite. The package also includes several fillable forms and a hazard assessment matrix.