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04/23/2020

Discretion in OSHA Enforcement During COVID-19

Last week, OSHA released a memo stating that the Agency will consider an employer’s “good-faith efforts” prior to any enforcement action in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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04/20/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/20

In this week's Roundup, a Southern poultry processing company faces $500k for alleged faults in their refrigeration processes. Plus, two oil facilities must pay over $300k to resolve SPCC and Clean Water Act violations.

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04/17/2020

Maine Paper Mill Explosion Results in Zero Injuries

A paper mill in Jay, Maine erupted in black smoke on April 15, resulting in extensive damage to the facility but no injuries. Although State investigators reached an initial conclusion that chemicals were involved, the investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing.  

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04/17/2020

OSHA Issues $315K In Citations for a Partial Building Collapse in Downtown New Orleans

OSHA recently issued penalties to 11 contractors related to alleged workplace safety violations at the construction site of a hotel in downtown New Orleans. OSHA alleges these violations led to the partial collapse of a building on Oct. 12, 2019 that killed three workers and seriously injured 18 others.

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04/16/2020

What Kind of Remote Learner Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which virtual learning option best suits you: live webinars or self-paced online courses.

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04/13/2020

Is COVID-19 a Recordable Illness Under 29 CFR 1904.7?

On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued interim guidance related to recording cases of COVID-19 that occur in the workplace. Normally, illnesses contracted in the workplace are recordable if they are new cases and result in medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, or other criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.  

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04/13/2020

EPA Unveils TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

On March 30, EPA published its TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos, one of the first 10 priority chemicals scheduled for review. EPA reviewed data on potential asbestos exposures and made several initial determinations on risk relating to the environment and occupational health.  

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04/06/2020

OSHA Issues Guidance Amid N95 Respirator Shortage

In an enforcement guidance memo directed to its officers, OSHA recommends that employers facing a shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, or FFRs, do the following...  

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04/06/2020

IATA Clarifies Shipping Infectious Substances & COVID-19 Related Hazmat

Last month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released information to help hazmat shippers transport infectious substances and hand sanitizer safely and in compliance via air. This new guidance aims to assist supply-chain professionals, aircraft workers, and frequent flyers alike in supporting the fight against COVID-19.

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03/17/2020

New OSHA Memo on COVID-19 and N95 Respirators

Fearing a supply shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance related to the Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.    

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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