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OSHA FAQ on Recording Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine

May 24, 2021

On Friday, May 21, OSHA altered its FAQ on recording requirements related to adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination. OSHA explains that the agency “does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts.” Therefore, the agency will not require employers…

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CWS Statement on CDC Mask Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated

May 17, 2021

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on fully vaccinated individuals. The guidance now clarifies that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 “no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules,…

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CWS Meets with OIRA on OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS

May 13, 2021

On May 4, 2021, representatives from CWS met with the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs to discuss a potential COVID-19-related Emergency Temporary Standard from OSHA. While details of the ETS have not yet been released, CWS raised many of the employer community’s general concerns with a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach to protecting workers during the…

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OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program on COVID-19

March 13, 2021

On March 12, 2021, OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program “focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.” The program also “prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.”…

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OSHA Issues New Workplace COVID-19 Safety Guidance

January 30, 2021

On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued new workplace safety guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As OSHA explained in their press release, “This guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and…

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Oregon OSHA Issues COVID-19 Safety Standard

November 9, 2020

On November 6, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration enacted an emergency rule on COVID-19. Under the rule, employers will be required to conduct assessments on the risks their workers face in contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. They will also be required to have an infection control plan in place.   The rule will go into effect…

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New Jersey COVID-19 Mandates Go into Effect

November 9, 2020

As of November 5, all employers in the state of New Jersey are required to comply with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 192, which creates numerous safety and health requirements related to COVID-19. The requirements are targeted to specific industries as well as the employer community generally.   The order also creates an interagency enforcement program between the state’s…

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Ventilation

November 9, 2020

On November 4, OSHA issued new guidance on ventilation in the workplace. OSHA recommends, “Employers should work with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional to consider steps to optimize building ventilation.” The guidance provides several tips on how employers can help reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19.

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Maryland Safety Agency Accused of Failing Workers

October 23, 2020

The Public Justice Center, a Baltimore-based public interest law firm, is calling on Governor Hogan (R) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take action against Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health agency (MOSH) for failing to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   On October 16, the Public Justice Center filed a Complaint About…

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Michigan OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Safety Rules

October 23, 2020

On October 14, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its COVID-19-related emergency safety rules. The rules require employers in the state to assess exposure risk of employees, create a virus response plan, and establish cleaning and training procedures. Specific industries are also targeted for additional requirements; these include food processing, manufacturing, construction, retail, and…

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