OSHA Announces Enforcement, Rulemaking on Heat-Related Hazards

On September 20, OSHA announced its new enforcement initiative to combat the hazards associated with extreme heat exposure both indoors and outdoors. OSHA is also developing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections targeting high-risk industries and launching a rulemaking process to develop a workplace heat standard. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and…

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Biden Issues Executive Order Calling for Second COVID-19 ETS

On September 9, President Biden announced his six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. This included a significant escalation of his efforts to get the eligible population vaccinated against the virus. One piece of this plan includes a new emergency temporary standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will require employers with…

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CWS Files Comments on OSHA COVID-19 ETS for Healthcare Industry

On August 20, CWS filed comments on OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for the healthcare industry. CWS raised several issues with OSHA’s decision and process for implementing the ETS: OSHA’s process was flawed and did not provide adequate opportunity for input; OSHA has not satisfied the statutory requirements for “grave danger” or “necessity”; Several provisions exceed OSHA’s statutory authority, including…

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OSHA Issues Guidance on How to Protect Unvaccinated Workers

On August 13, OSHA announced updated guidance for employers on how to best protect their unvaccinated workers. The guidance: Recommends that fully vaccinated workers in areas of substantial or high community transmission wear masks in order to protect unvaccinated workers; Recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people with coronavirus wear masks…

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OSHA Issues ETS for Healthcare Industry, Updates General Guidance

On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ETS specifically targets the healthcare industry and the high exposure rates associated with those occupations. This includes “employees in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities; emergency responders; home health care workers; and employees in ambulatory…

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CWS Statement on CDC Mask Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated

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

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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Oregon OSHA Issues COVID-19 Safety Standard

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

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

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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