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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance today focused on reducing employees’ COVID-19 exposure risk in U.S. workplaces. During his first week in office, President Biden directed the agency to release guidance to help employers keep healthy employees on the job and those with symptoms or exposure risk at home until it is […]
President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety on Jan. 21 as part of the new administration’s efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The order may result in a federal emergency temporary standard. Key provisions are summarized here: Policy to protect the health and safety of workers from COVID-19. […]
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is replacing its 2016 targeted inspection program with a Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive for non-construction companies with 20 or more employees. The agency will select workplaces with high rates of injuries and illnesses for enforcement inspections based on data employers submitted on Form 300A for calendar years […]
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 […]
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 […]
In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is allowing discretion in the enforcement of certain regulations. In a memo issued April 16, 2020, by the Acting Director of Enforcement Programs, OSHA inspectors are instructed to assess an employer’s good-faith efforts to comply with standards that require annual […]