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 […]
As of mid-July, federal OSHA received more than 6,800 coronavirus-related complaints. Which industries and regions received the most? An analysis by the Nexsen Pruet law firm, using data as of July 16, 2020, showed federal OSHA is receiving the most complaints from the healthcare industry. Here’s the industry breakdown: Healthcare, including hospitals and nursing and […]
OSHA has agreed to make the work-related injury and illness records of 237,000 employers available to advocacy group Public Citizen, following a two-year court battle. Public Citizen used the Freedom of Information Act to request the information, which is recorded on OSHA Form 300A, but OSHA withheld the records, claiming they contained confidential information exempt […]
OSHA has listed 24 regulations for review in its first Regulatory Agenda of 2020. Standards covering cranes and derricks, beryllium, forklifts, silica and workplace violence are all on the agenda. Here’s a breakdown by stage in the regulatory process: Final rules These are among the standards which are closest to the finish line for revisions: […]
OSHA has issued guidance on protecting employees from coronavirus. Here’s a convenient FAQ list to help you.
Eula Bingham led OSHA through its infancy and instituted “Common Sense Priorities” for enforcement.
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 […]
As more employees return to the workplace in the wake of the coronavirus, many have questions about using face masks. OSHA has published a series of FAQs about face masks in the workplace. Here are some of the questions and answers from OSHA: Are employers required to provide cloth face coverings to workers? OSHA’s PPE […]
OSHA has adopted revised polices for enforcing coronavirus requirements as states continue to re-open nationwide. The agency announced May 19 it has revised two of its COVID-19-related enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking appropriate action to protect employees. Understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection has improved throughout the course of the pandemic, […]