The health of workers in New York State is getting legal backing as the commissioner of health has designated COVID-19 a highly communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm under the state’s HERO Act.

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While it seems that the designation is 18-month-old news, the action means all employers are now required to implement workplace safety plans for an airborne infectious disease in order to prevent workplace infections.

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Getty Images/ Blue Planet Studio

Governor Kathy Hochul’s office says the HEROS Act mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Employers can adopt a model safety plan in compliance with the act’s standards.

Information and industry-specific templates for employers can be found at the Department of Labor website:

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