Diana Schmidt April 6, 2020 3 min read

Avoiding OSHA Complaints During COVID-19

Federal and state OSHA agencies are managing a significant increase of workplace safety complaints related to COVID-19, which is prompting their recommendation that employers create exposure control plans. Keep in mind that COVID-19 is an OSHA recordable illness, so you could be finding yourself answering to OSHA if there are COVID-19 complaints made against your business. 

Although federal OSHA doesn’t appear to be requiring responses to COVID-19 complaints, some state OSHA agencies are requiring responses and are investigating complaints. Having a solid exposure control plan or contingency plan regarding COVID-19 can be helpful if you are responding to an OSHA complaint and it can also help keep your business and employees safe. 

If you do not have a contingency plan in place or are trying to make sure your response plan is on the right track, check out the following webinar:  Critical Contingency Planning and Updating your Cleaning Protocols During COVID-19 or reach out to our Manager of Risk Control Services, Rick Barton, at Hausmann-Johnson Insurance.

This article from Business Insurance provides additional information. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Diana Schmidt or Rick Barton.


Diana Schmidt

Property & Casualty Consultant | Principal - Diana joined the Hausmann Group team in 2017 with over 15 years of property and casualty underwriting and claim experience. She spent a decade of her insurance career as a multi-line underwriting officer at Travelers, where she created guaranteed cost and loss-sensitive casualty programs for large manufacturing and technology accounts. In this role, Diana excelled at building trusting relationships, designing robust coverage programs and collaborating with risk control and claim partners to offer strong service platforms which helped clients control their total cost of risk. Diana thrives on being a true advocate and problem-solver for her clients. Balancing her underwriting expertise and service-focused approach with the best-in-class service offerings of Hausmann Group brings tremendous value to her clients. Diana holds a Master of Science in Insurance Management from Boston University as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Sociology & Legal Studies. She is a designated Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and has Underwriting (AU), Claims (AIC) & Reinsurance (ARe) associations. Diana is a life-long learner and is currently completing coursework for Associate Captive Insurance (ACI), Alternative Risk, through the International Center for Insurance Captive Education (ICCIE). Diana enjoys experiencing life with her husband and twin boys and can often be found running, biking or swimming. She served on the 2019 Board of Directors for the Greater Milwaukee Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Chapter and is a Destination Imagination team coach. She volunteers her time on the Parish & Finance Council at her church and helps reduce childhood hunger by supporting the Blessings in a Backpack Waukesha County Chapter.