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COVID-19 workplace safety measures to work onsite

February 10, 2022

Fifty-eight percent of U.S. private-sector establishments required face coverings or protective gear for employees while working onsite during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-four percent of establishments required temperature screenings before employees could enter their workplace, and 17.5 percent required a COVID-19 vaccination before coming to work onsite.

Percent of establishments that required some or all employees to meet specific COVID-19 workplace safety measures while working onsite
Employment size Routinely wear a face covering or any protective gear while working onsite Temperature screening prior to entering their place of work Required some or all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination before coming to work onsite

Total U.S. private sector

58.3% 24.1% 17.5%

1–19 employees

56.4 22.4 18.3

20–99 employees

69.9 34.0 11.7

100–499 employees

79.2 42.6 12.6

500 or more employees

88.9 42.1 18.2

Fifty-six percent of U.S. private-sector establishments with fewer than 20 employees required face coverings or protective gear for employees to work onsite, compared with 89 percent of establishments with 500 or more employees.

Establishments with more than 500 employees were nearly twice as likely as establishments with fewer than 20 employees to require temperature screenings before entering the workplace.

About 18 percent of the smallest (fewer than 20 employees) and largest (500 or more employees) establishments required employees to be vaccinated before working onsite. About 12 percent of midsize establishments required vaccinations for onsite work.

These data are from the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic. For more information, see U.S. Business Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic — 2021. We also have more charts on how businesses responded to the pandemic.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, COVID-19 workplace safety measures to work onsite at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/covid-19-workplace-safety-measures-to-work-onsite.htm (visited August 13, 2022).

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