On January 21, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State. Washington State declared a state of emergency on February 29, 2020. Since then, WFIA members, state and local agencies, and other businesses demonstrated a rapid response to the growing concerns of COVID-19.
Submit your COVID-19 related questions or concerns by using this form, and view all of the COVID-19 Resources by category of complete list by following the link below.
The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers of 100 or more employees are expected to comply with the guidance by Jan 10.
Washington state is expected to develop similar guidance. In preparation, thefollowing links can help you prepare.
Moreinformation on the ETS can be found at these links:
OSHA Mandate Information:
While we wait for DOSH toreceive guidance from the Governor, here is what you can do now.
Gatherinformation on your team’s vaccinations.
Effective November 5, 2021, the following evidence for proof of vaccination is required. Acceptable proof of vaccination status is:
If an employee is unable to produce one of these acceptable forms of proof of vaccination, despite attempts to do so (e.g., by trying to contact the vaccine administrator or state health department), the employee can provide a signed and dated statement attesting to their vaccination status (fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated); attesting that they have lost and are otherwise unable to produce one of the other forms of acceptable proof; and including the following language:
“I declare (or certify, verify, or state) that this statement about my vaccination status is true and accurate. I understand that knowingly providing false information regarding my vaccination status on this form may subject me to criminal penalties.”
An employee who attests to their vaccination status in this way should, to the best of their recollection, include in their attestation the type of vaccine administered, the date(s) of administration, and the name of the healthcare professional(s) or clinic site(s) administering the vaccine.
WFIA is conducting a poll to find out what challenges our members are having in obtaining PPE and retaining employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
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