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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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12/02/2020

In Effect Now: New Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Standards 

Newly approved COVID-19 health and safety requirements for California employers are in effect as of November 30, 2020.  

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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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11/10/2020

Report: COVID-19 Enforcement By the Numbers

We dissect OSHA's first OSHA COVID-19 enforcement actions to show which specific OSHA Standards inspectors are citing during novel coronavirus-related inspections. 

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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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10/29/2020

COVID-19 Safety Requirements for NJ Businesses

On October 28, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order (EO) 192 to establish a set of minimum coronavirus safety standards that employers in the Garden State must adhere to in absence of Federal OSHA safety standards. The EO goes into effect at 6:00 am on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

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10/27/2020

Dry Ice Shortage Could Freeze COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

From disinfecting wipes to N95 masks, from toilet paper to rice, the coronavirus pandemic has caused supply shortages of a multitude of products. The latest expected casualty: dry ice.

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10/08/2020

Temporary Guidance on Tight-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators

On October 2, OSHA issued temporary guidance on the use of tight-fitting powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) during the COVID-19 global health emergency.

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09/28/2020

Cal/OSHA Issues 11 Citations for COVID-19 Workplace Safety Violations

Earlier this month, Cal/OSHA issued another round of citations to employers in the Golden State who allegedly failed to meet State standards to protect their workers from hazards related to coronavirus.

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