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04/28/2021

Coronavirus News Hub For EHS Pros

We've compiled a list of news updates related to the coronavirus pandemic that supply chain managers, environmental compliance officers, OSHA safety personnel, hazmat logistics employees and other EH&S workers need to know.

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04/28/2021

OSHA Submits Emergency COVID-19 Rule For Approval

OSHA delivered its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval this week. If approved, the Final Rule may appear in the Federal Register within weeks.  

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04/26/2021

Oregon OSHA Issues $35K COVID-19 Safety Citation to Hardware Retail Chain

Two affiliated hardware stores in Oregon were fined a combined $35,600 for failing to adequately protect workers from exposure to COVID-19, according to the State Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Oregon OSHA).

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04/21/2021

COVID-19 Guidelines for New York Employers

Update 4/21/2021: The NY State Legislature passed the Hero Act on April 20, which would give workers in the Empire State additional protections related to COVID-19. If signed into law, the bill would authorize the State Labor and Health Departments to create an airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan, which employers would have to adopt or establish a similar standard for their businesses.

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04/20/2021

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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04/15/2021

CSB Issues Update on Ohio Paint Factory Explosion That Killed One

According to CSB, the facility was conducting its alkyd resin manufacturing process during the early morning hours of April 8 when an accidental release occurred at about 12:02 am.

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04/13/2021

Maine Autobody Plant Faces $400K in OSHA Citations

An autobody manufacturing facility in Waterville, ME has been issued citations from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA noted two willful and 10 serious alleged violations of Fall Protection and Noise Safety Standards, totaling $393,992 in proposed fines.

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04/09/2021

COVID-19 Rule Update: OSHA Gathers New Data, Postpones New Standard

OSHA announced plans to delay its new COVID-19 workplace safety standard while it gathers updated information on SARS-CoV-2. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh made the request for up-to-date “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis and the latest information regarding the state of vaccinations and the variants."

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03/15/2021

OSHA to Expand COVID-19 Inspections Under New NEP

On March 12, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect high-risk workers from hazards related to COVID-19 exposure. The program expands upon its existing inspection efforts to prioritize companies with the highest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the virus.

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03/08/2021

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2020

OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2020 during a National Safety Council (NSC) webinar last month. OSHA’s release of the top 10 list has become a staple of NSC events, normally coinciding with the annual Safety Congress & Expo.

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