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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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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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04/09/2021

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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02/08/2021

OSHA Issues Stronger Guidance on COVID-19

OSHA recently released new guidance to help protect US employees from COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance recommends measures employers can implement based on the latest data from CDC.

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01/22/2021

Stronger OSHA Action on COVID-19 Coming Soon

President Joe Biden has directed OSHA to do more to protect workers from COVID-19 and enforce workplace safety standards.

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01/14/2021

UPDATE: First Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regs Passed in Virginia

On January 13, Virginia's Safety and Health Codes Board passed a resolution authorizing permanent coronavirus standards for the state. These permanent standards mirror the temporary rule and are expected to appear in 16 VAC 25-220. 

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12/09/2020

PHMSA Extends COVID Hand Sanitizer Policy for Already-Packed Product

Update 12/08/20: Hand sanitizers manufactured and packaged before October 31 in accordance with the now-expired Notice of Enforcement Discretion may be offered and transported under the reliefs PHMSA granted for highway and rail modes.

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11/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/16

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.

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11/09/2020

Maryland Occupational Safety Agency Accused of COVID-19 Missteps

A public interest law firm, Public Justice Center, is calling for an investigation at Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH). The law firm accuses MOSH of failing to follow its own policies and procedures for investigating health and safety complaints during the coronavirus pandemic.

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