CDC & OSHA Guidance for Solid Waste Workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Interim Guidance for Solid Waste Workers

When you go to this website, scroll down to the section about 3/4 of the way down the page titled, “Interim guidance for specific worker groups and their employers”  Under this section you will find information specific to Solid Waste and Waste Water Workers.

The end of OSHA’s interim guidance document contains a section specific to solid waste workers, as summarized below.

Municipal Waste: Workers and employers should manage municipal (e.g., household, business) solid waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.

Medical Waste: For medical waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination, manage like any other regulated medical waste. COVID-19 is not a Category A infectious substance.

Recycling: As with municipal waste, employers and workers in the recycling industry should continue to use typical engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment, such as puncture-resistant gloves and face and eye protection, to prevent worker exposure to recyclable materials they manage, including any contaminants in the materials.