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01/17/2022

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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01/12/2022

OSHA's COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Standard Expired

OSHA's COVID-19 ETS for the healthcare industry has expired as of December 21, 2021. The original ETS was valid for six months from date of publication.

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01/01/2022

COVID-19 Training Requirements by State

In the absence of a single Federal standard for COVID-19 training, state safety agencies, legislatures, and governors’ offices have released regulations, policies, and guidance that require employers to provide employee training on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how to prevent workplace exposure.

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11/15/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/15

In this week's Roundup, a supermarket will pay $206K for allegedly selling an unregistered disinfectant that makes unfounded claims about its use against COVID-19. Plus, an oil refinery agrees to process excess hazardous waste by the end of this year following alleged RCRA violations.

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11/05/2021

OMB Concludes Review of OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing ETS

Update: OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of its emergency temporary standard concerning employer COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs. 

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11/02/2021

Senate Confirms OSHA Leader After 4-Year Gap

On October 25, US Senate confirmed Doug Parker as head of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a 50–41 vote. This marks the first time OSHA has had a confirmed head administrator since January 2017, when then-leader David Michaels stepped down.

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08/23/2021

OSHA COVID Complaints Jump 581% Since May

OSHA has seen a 581% uptick in coronavirus-related work safety complaints in the last two months, with the majority of complaints stemming from states in the Southeast, according to Agency data.

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08/11/2021

NJ Medical Facility Issued $273K COVID-19 Citation

OSHA recently cited a medical facility in Lakewood, NJ for allegedly failing to ensure the safety and health of nurses giving flu shots and testing potentially infectious patients for the coronavirus.

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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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