Virginia Implements Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention

On July 27, 2020, Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry enacted the Emergency Temporary Standard Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS_CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19. This emergency standard was approved on July 15 by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board at the request of Governor Ralph Northam for a period of six months. After six months, the board may vote to repeal or replace the temporary standard with a permanent one. This standard will codify many of the existing guidelines developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as provide additional requirements for controlling the spread of COVID-19 among workers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The standard will be enforced by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program across all industries for Virginia employers.

The standard requires all exposure classes of Virginia employers to:

Additional requirements are necessary for Virginia employers with hazards or job tasks assessed as medium, high or very high exposure. All compliance requirements of this standard must be implemented by employers within 30 days of its publication (dated July 27, 2020) with the exception of requirements for the development of an Infectious Disease Response Plan and employee training on the Infectious Disease Response Plan. These two requirements for medium to very high exposure hazards and job tasks must be implemented within 60 days of publication.

The entire text of the emergency temporary standard can be reviewed here.


For assistance in assessing the exposure classification of your workplace’s hazards or job tasks and developing necessary policies and procedures to comply with this emergency temporary standard, please contact Greg Hart, RCM&D Risk Consultant at