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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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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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04/21/2021

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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04/09/2021

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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04/05/2021

US Vaccination Push Brings Waste Management Challenges

With 15% of the US population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 500 million individual doses still to be delivered, the United States will produce a lot more vaccine-related waste in the next six months.   

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02/12/2021

What Could a National COVID-19 OSHA Standard Look Like?

A recent Executive Order directs OSHA to consider promulgating, by March 15, emergency worker protections to address the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.

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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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