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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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10/07/2020

California to Regulate 24 Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the nation’s first ban on two dozen toxic ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products being sold in the Golden State.

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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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09/22/2020

Is HAZWOPER Refresher Training Always 8 Hours?

Is 8 hours the only acceptable length for a HAZWOPER refresher training? We dive in to OSHA's regulations to dispel this common misconception and give you some clarity about what's required for emergency responders, site cleanup personnel, and TSDF employees under the HAZWOPER Standard in 29 CFR 1910.120.

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09/18/2020

Three Recent COVID-19 Safety Enforcement Actions by OSHA & Cal/OSHA

OSHA recently announced enforcement actions against two meat packing facilities related to COVID-19 workplace safety. Cal/OSHA also announced citations against a frozen food manufacturer in the Golden State for COVID-19 workplace safety violations.

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09/11/2020

Auto-parts Manufacturer Pays $1.5M After Lockout/Tagout Accidental Death

An auto-parts manufacturer has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement to resolve allegations that the company allowed workers to ignore OSHA safety standards, resulting in the death of one of its employees.

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08/31/2020

NJ Chemical Leak Results in Two Injuries and a Shelter-in-Place Order

Approximately 200 gallons of titanium tetrachloride were accidentally released at a plastics refining facility in Edison, NJ. Town officials issued an emergency shelter-in-place order and two individuals at a nearby business reported respiratory complications.

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08/25/2020

Amid COVID-19 Whistleblower Complaints, OIG Makes OSHA Recommendations

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General  has concluded that OSHA must improve its Whisteblower Protection Program  after an audit report revealed the agency failed to respond to complaints in a timely manner.

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08/17/2020

Oregon OSHA Plans COVID-19 Training Rule

Update: Oregon's Final Rule to protect workers from exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the workplace takes effect on November 16, 2020 and contains four key deadlines for employers. 

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08/14/2020

Lion Launches 3 COVID-19 Training Courses to Help Meet State Standards

To help employers meet state COVID-19 training requirements and protect employees amid the ongoing public health emergency, Lion Technology announced three training opportunities for safety professionals and employees this week.

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OSHA recently released details about enforcement actions concerning COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. That data showed that OSHA inspectors overwhelmingly cited employers for violations of four specific 29 CFR Standards, which this report explores.

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What OSHA COVID-19 Enforcement Looks Like