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05/26/2020

OSHA Updates COVID-19 Enforcement Guidance

OSHA released revised guidance concerning workplace safety compliance during the COVID-19 public health emergency last week.  

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05/18/2020

Coronavirus News Hub For EH&S Pros

We've compiled a list of news updates related to the coronavirus pandemic that supply chain managers, environmental compliance officers, OSHA safety personnel, hazmat logistics employees and other EH&S workers need to know.

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05/11/2020

OSHA Investigates Nearly 200 Coronavirus Workplace Safety Claims

OSHA launched 192 coronavirus-related workplace safety investigations between February 19 and April 23 to determine whether employers failed to adequately protect their workers. This is the culmination of thousands of complaints fielded by investigators since January relating to the pandemic.

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05/04/2020

How to Spot a Counterfeit Respirator

Due to the national respirator shortage, some companies are seeking less conventional third-party marketplaces with the hope of keeping their essential staff and employees safe. But don’t be fooled, many counterfeit masks appear strikingly similar to their approved counterpart. Here’s how to tell the difference.

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05/01/2020

How to Clean and Disinfect the Workplace

CDC and EPA have collaborated on documentation and an infographic to help facility operators ensure the safety and wellbeing of their workforce once employees return to work. The guidance offers a three-step process for cleaning/disinfecting workspaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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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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04/17/2020

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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04/13/2020

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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04/06/2020

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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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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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

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