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DEC
2020

California Enforcing Written Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan

California is now enforcing  emergency temporary standards intended to protect employees from COVID-19 exposure hazards. The standards apply to most workers not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.  Under the new regulations, employers must have a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan that addresses the following: A system for communicating information to employees about COVID-19 prevention procedures, testing, […]

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DEC
2020

BLS Reports 2.8 Million Non-fatal Work-related Injuries and Illnesses Occurred in 2019

Out of a total of 2.8 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses, 888,220 incidents caused a private industry employee to miss at least one day of work in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In its annual update on private industry workplace injuries and illnesses, the BLS also reported: Ten occupations accounted […]

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17

NOV
2020

OSHA Issues $2.8 Million in COVID-related Penalties

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: Implement a written respiratory protection program Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on proper use of respirator and personal protective equipment Report an […]

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17

NOV
2020

WorkCare Offers CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test for Onsite Employees

WorkCare is offering Access Bio’s CareStart™ COVID-19 diagnostic test in workplaces where rapid results are needed to help keep healthy workers on the job and those with COVID-19 in isolation at home until they are cleared for safe return to work. The CareStart point-of-care test detects antigens specific to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. […]

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21

OCT
2020

OSHA Affirms N95 Mask Protection Against COVID-19

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to correct misconceptions about the efficacy of N95 masks. The FAQ explains how N95 masks protect users from exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. OSHA reports that N95 respirator filters remove at least 95 percent of very […]

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13

OCT
2020

Free Flu Prevention Promotional Materials

Flu prevention is more essential than ever this season. The combination of COVID-19 and influenza is projected to double the number of patients in the hospital, where resources are already stretched thin by the pandemic. Vaccination is recommended for everyone over 6 months old unless they have a medical condition that precludes it. Here are […]

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12

OCT
2020

OSHA Cites 62 Employers for Violating COVID-19 Safety Standards

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports it has cited 62 covered employers for violating COVID-19-related safety standards, with potential penalties totaling $913,133. Nearly all of the cited employers are health care organizations. Violations include failure to: Implement a written respiratory protection program Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper […]

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7

OCT
2020

OSHA Issues Interim Guidance on Respirator Fit Testing for Employees with High COVID-19 Exposure Risk

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued temporary guidance on initial and annual fit-testing requirements for the use of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved tight-fitting powered air-purifying respirators for protection against the coronavirus. The guidance applies when initial and/or annual fit testing is not feasible because of respirator and fit-testing supply […]

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