The New York Department of Labor has issued Model Safety Plans and Standards for airborne infectious diseases. All employers, regardless of size and with a worksite in New York, must adopt a safety plan by August 5, 2021, and must post, distribute and include the plan in their handbooks to all employees and new hires by September 5, 2021.

The New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act), which was signed into law on May 5, 2021, and amended shortly thereafter, is one of the nation’s first state laws governing prevention of airborne infectious diseases in the workplace.

The full bulletin is available here.