As part of its Stay Safe MN Preparedness Plan Requirements Guidance, Minnesota now requires all workers and members of management to take COVID-19 training on contagion exposure and the business’ applicable policies, procedures, practices, and protocols.
Rhode Island recently added a new COVID-19 training requirement to its Safe Activities By Covered Entities During the COVID-19 Emergency standards. Under this new requirement, all employees must be trained “to follow the standards and requirement in the Safe Activities standards.
In New York, each business or entity must develop a written Safety Plan that outlines how the employer will prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Earlier this month, EPA approved two Lysol brand disinfecting sprays as the first products tested to effectively destroy SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, on hard, non-porous surfaces. This paves the way for more disinfectants to be approved in the future.
The enforcement discretion policy US EPA implemented in March to help organizations cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 public health emergency now has an end date.
To ensure facilities and employees can return to work safely after COVID-19, OSHA issued a series of guidance memos tailored towards specific industries, such as manufacturing, meat processing, logistics, and construction.
Since coronavirus has swept through the US, EPA has begun issuing enforcement actions against those who unlawfully attempt to mislead the public by importing, manufacturing, distributing, and/or selling unregistered, potentially harmful disinfecting products.
Last month, OSHA issued guidance to help employers ensure safe social distancing as many workers across the US return to work. The alert details a variety of ways managers and safety officers can implement social distancing to prevent coronavirus spread.
As states begin reopening, many facilities will need to rethink how to clean and disinfect the workplace to protect employees from COVID-19 and comply with State and Federal guidelines. However, these changes may require new or revised OSHA hazard communication strategies, depending on which cleaning/disinfecting agents are being used.
OSHA released revised guidance concerning workplace safety compliance during the COVID-19 public health emergency last week.
A deeper look at the 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, specific rules that employers should know, and eye-opening facts about these common workplace health & safety hazards.