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Federal COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Under Consideration

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. […]

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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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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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