OSHA provided clarification regarding COVID-19 and the agency’s recordkeeping requirements, making recording of the illness much less likely for most businesses outside of healthcare. The agency won’t enforce its recording requirements for COVID-19 cases outside of the healthcare industry unless some specific conditions are first met. While COVID-19 is a recordable illness under OSHA’s recordkeeping […]
It’s probably what many of you have been waiting for: OSHA has issued guidance, all in one document, on returning employees to the workplace safely. OSHA recommends a 3-phase approach: Phase 1: Make telework available when possible. Limit the number of people in the workplace to maintain strict social distancing. Accommodate workers at higher risk […]
OSHA has issued guidance on protecting employees from coronavirus. Here’s a convenient FAQ list to help you.
OSHA expanded its temporary guidance for respirator fit-testing during the COVID-19 pandemic to all industries as of April 8. Temporary guidance the agency issued March 14 regarding COVID-19-related supply shortages of N95 and other facepiece respirators in the healthcare industry is now expanded to all workplaces where there is required respirator use. OSHA field offices […]
Even if there hadn’t been a coronavirus pandemic, you could expect to see significant differences between a Trump OSHA and a Biden OSHA. COVID-19 has put emphasis on OSHA and will accelerate changes at the agency. Here are the changes to expect soon after January 20, 2021, when the new president takes office: Temporary emergency […]
The 2019 novel coronavirus continues to impact the U.S., and OSHA is telling employers they must track any infections of the illness confirmed to have occurred in the workplace. The agency has released guidance on handling exposure at work, including a reference to recordkeeping and reporting standards for workplace illnesses and injuries. Which OSHA standards […]
OSHA is helping to separate facts from rumors about workers wearing cloth masks or other face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency addresses this question in its coronavirus FAQ: Does wearing a medical/surgical mask or cloth face covering cause unsafe oxygen levels or harmful carbon dioxide levels to the wearer? No, says OSHA. Medical […]
The election has produced status quo in Washington DC: President Obama re-elected, Democrats control the Senate, Republicans control the House. However, don’t expect the status quo at OSHA in the next four years.
What new and updated OSHA regulations will companies face in 2011 and beyond?
A safety professional with 12 years of experience at pandemic planning at state and federal worksites shared her insight regarding the COVID-19 pandemic during a recent American Society of Safety Professionals Q&A session. Deb Roy, a safety professional for more than 35 years and author of Preparing for a Pandemic: Lessons From H1N1, discussed a variety of […]
The closure and production cuts for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic are unprecedented. So restarting and re-adding capacity will be unprecedented also. We don’t know when and how this will happen. From a safety standpoint, there are plans you can make now. Staffing Will your workforce look the same as before COVID-19? If businesses ramp […]
Pfizer’s announcement about progress with its COVID-19 vaccine means it’s time for employers to consider what their employee vaccination policies will be. Can you mandate employees get vaccinated? The short answer is, yes, you can mandate employee vaccinations for COVID-19. However, in many cases you may be better off strongly encouraging workers to get the […]
How do you get employees to pay more attention to workplace hygiene? A study looked into whether knowing they’d be watched would help.
Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looks at a potential alternative to N95 respirators in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and had favorable findings. The study, led by a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, looked at use of elastomeric half-mask respirators (EHMRs), which […]
New regulations from OSHA; stepped up OSHA penalties; workers’ comp reform; and what to do with those increasing injury rates? Those will all be on the table for workplace safety in 2013.
An employee sought workers’ comp benefits, claiming his MRSA infection was due to cuts and scrapes he suffered on the job. How did a court rule? Kenneth Streit says he sustained cuts and scrapes while doing construction work, which resulted in a MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureas) infection in 2012. His employer, Streit Construction Inc., and […]
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