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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 […]