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03/02/2021

California Court Rejects COVID-19 Emergency Standard Injunction Request

As part of California's Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirements, employers must protect workers workplace hazards, including infectious diseases like COVID-19.

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03/01/2021

Does Your State Regulate PCBs as Hazardous Waste?

The RCRA statutory definition of “hazardous waste” specifically excludes polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Why is that, and how should these wastes be managed and disposed of? The answer may depend on what state you're in. 

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03/01/2021

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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02/25/2021

Will OSHA Target Your Site for Inspection in 2021?

OSHA recently revised its Site-specific Targeting (SST) program to establish a new category of employers who may be targeted for safety inspections this year. The new directive replaces SST-16 to target facilities based on employer-reported data from 2017 to 2019.

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02/25/2021

Half of Covered Employers Don't Submit Injury and Illness Reports

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that fewer than half of covered establishments submitted their required annual summary of injury and illness data in 2019.  

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02/16/2021

Fatal Accident Results in $400K Penalty for Texas Rail Servicer

On February 10, OSHA issued a $419,347 citation to a Texas-based rail car servicing and maintenance provider after a confined space accident resulted in the death of two employees.

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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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02/11/2021

Chill Out with a Cold Chemicals Quiz

Brace for winter by testing your knowledge of how the cold impacts worker safety and the chemicals we use, ship, and transport.

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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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02/04/2021

Oregon: New Permanent COVID-19 Standard Proposed

Oregon OSHA has proposed a permanent COVID-19 worker protection standard that will replace the temporary requirements already in place. If finalized, the new standard will take effect on May 4, 2021. 

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