IN EFFECT TODAY: Return-To-Work Guidance Issued by Beshear Administration

IN EFFECT TODAY: Return-To-Work Guidance Issued by Beshear Administration

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020 – Today the Beshear Administration’s Healthy at Work requirements go into effect. Governor Beshear’s office released requirements for continuing business and reopening manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain businesses beginning May 11. These requirements are in addition to the Minimum Healthy at Work requirements. Both sets of documents were revised and new versions were released on May 10.

On May 10, Cabinet for Health & Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander issued this order, which is dated for May 11, regarding the return to work for many businesses including those that were previously allowed to remain open. The “Minimum Requirements for All Entities” can be found on pages 3-8 of the link.

Please note that the document has been revised substantially to address stakeholder concerns with previous versions. Many KAM members have asked about the PPE requirements.

As it relates to PPE, we draw your attention to paragraph 5, which states that a “…business, organization, or entity need not require an employee/volunteer/contractor to wear a mask when masking would create a serious health or safety hazard to the employee/volunteer/contractor, when the employee/volunteer/contractor is working alone in an enclosed space, or when the employee/volunteer/contractor is working alone in an area with more than six (6) feet of social distancing. Businesses and organizations shall provide PPE at no cost to employees and should offer instruction on proper use of masks and PPE….”

In addition, the “Requirements for Manufacturing, Distribution, and Supply Chain Businesses” document that was originally distributed to KAM members on May 8 was also revised. Once again, this document should be read in conjunction with the minimum requirements for all entities.

We’re grateful for all the input Kentucky manufacturers gave us on the initial guidelines and we appreciate the Beshear Administration hearing our concerns and responding accordingly. This process is an ongoing conversation and KAM wants to hear from you. Please contact me at any time with your feedback, questions, and concerns.

KAM is here to help. Please let us know if you are having trouble securing the proper PPE, sanitizing tools, or are otherwise looking for clarifications on the guidance.

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