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07/14/2021

Final OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Standard Now Complete

OSHA fixed minor errors in its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), in effect now, and extended the public comment period until August 20, 2021. 

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07/09/2021

NJ Healthcare Provider Cited for COVID-19 Workplace Safety Violations

OSHA issued two citations to a New Jersey-based healthcare provider for allegedly failing to protect employees from coronavirus-related hazards, resulting in the deaths of two workers.

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07/09/2021

OSHA Expands COVID-19 Inspections Under New NEP

[UPDATE 07/09/21] To account for the latest information on COVID-19, vaccination guidance, and PPE availability, OSHA has revised its NEP on coronavirus-related safety inspections. The NEP now provides more details into inspections at healthcare versus non-healthcare facilities.

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06/23/2021

OSHA Proposes 2 Revisions to Walking Working Surfaces Standard

Last month, OSHA proposed two revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D, to clarify new requirements added when the Standard was overhauled in 2016.  

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06/22/2021

CSB Investigates Illinois Chemical Factory Explosion

[UPDATE 06/22/21] CSB deployed two members of its leadership team to the explosion site on June 21. At the site, they met with company respresentatives, on-site Federal and local emergency responders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) investigators to discuss the incident further.

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06/07/2021

Is It Recordable? COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

Newly updated OSHA guidance clarifies whether or not an employee's reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is considered a recordable illness per 29 CFR 1904.

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06/04/2021

Sunken Ship Threatens Lasting Environmental Damage

A sinking cargo ship carrying 25 tons of nitric acid reminds us what's at stake when dangerous goods are shipped and transported by vessel. 

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05/28/2021

CSB Provides 5 Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Recommendations

In its final report on a fatal hydrogen sulfide release in Odessa, Texas, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides five recommendations that could have helped prevent a tragic loss of life.

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05/10/2021

Illinois Warehouse Cited for $12K After Workplace COVID-19 Exposures & 1 Death

OSHA issued a $12,288 safety citation to a warehousing and distribution company in Naperville, IL for alleged safety violations related to a company meeting that led to 23 workers contracting COVID-19, including one who died.

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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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