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OSHA Issues $2.8 Million in COVID-related Penalties

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  • 17 November 2020
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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports it has issued 204 citations to covered employers for violating COVID-19-related safety standards. Potential penalties total $2,856,533.

Violations include failure to:

Examples of requirements employers must follow include:

  1. Provide a medical evaluation before a worker is fit-tested or uses a respirator.
  2. Establish, implement and update a written respiratory protection program with required worksite-specific procedures.
  3. Train workers on respirators and/or other PPE and provide retraining, as necessary, when working conditions change.
  4. Store respirators and other PPE properly in a way to protect them from damage, contamination or deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve.
  5. Keep required records of work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

A citation may be withdrawn by OSHA after the employer provides evidence of a good faith attempt to comply with health and safety standards.

 

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