Don’t put those workplace safety plans away just yet. The designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” has been extended through Oct. 31, 2021.
The state commissioner of health originally issued the designation on Sept. 6, 2021, which triggered covered employers to activate their HERO Act airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans. That designation was effective through Sept. 30, at which time the commissioner of health would review and consider whether the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic warranted an extension of the designation.
Employers, including credit unions, were required to either adopt one of the state Department of Labor’s model plans or develop an alternative plan (accessible on the DOL website) that meets or exceeds the requirements by Aug. 5, 2021. The HERO Act requires that plans go into effect any time that the New York state commissioner of health designates an airborne infectious disease as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public.
Questions regarding the HERO Act and prevention plans can be directed to Chris Pajak, the Association’s VP of member engagement at 1(800) 342-9835 ext. 8188 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.