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    OSHA Revises COVID-19 Enforcement Policies

    • Published
    • 28 May 2020
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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised enforcement policies to protect employees as workplaces begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    1. The agency will conduct in-person inspections at all types of workplaces and use all available enforcement tools.
    2. OSHA is revising its previous enforcement policy for recording cases of COVID-19. Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, coronavirus is a recordable illness. Employers are responsible for recording cases of the coronavirus, if the case:

    OSHA’s guidance emphasizes that employers must make reasonable efforts, based on available evidence, to ascertain whether a particular case of COVID-19 is work-related. Recording a coronavirus illness does not mean that the employer has violated an OSHA standard.

    In a discretion in the enforcement of certain regulations memo issued April 16, 2020, OSHA inspectors were instructed to assess an employer’s good-faith efforts to comply with standards that require annual or recurring audits, reviews, training or assessments.

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