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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Washington, D.C. – On October 19, OSHA issued a new frequently asked question (FAQ) on “how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure. The FAQ was issued in response to incorrect claims that the respirators do not adequately protect individuals from the virus.   OSHA explains that the masks use a combination of factors, including mechanical filtration and…

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Washington, D.C. – On September 30, OSHA added three new frequently asked questions to its comprehensive COVID-19 guidance for employers. The new questions provided much needed insight into how employers should report work-related cases of coronavirus. CWS applauds and thanks OSHA for its continued commitment to guiding the employer community through this complicated and unprecedented period.

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Washington, D.C. – OSHA has begun posting employers’ injury and illness annual summary reports (Form 300A submissions) on its website. The website currently includes data from 2016 through 2018. OSHA has not announced when 2019 data will be posted. The Form 300A reporting mandate applies to all workplaces with 250 or more employees and locations…

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Washington, D.C. – On June 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new guidance “to assist employers reopening non-esssential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.” OSHA encourages employers to use the guidance to develop policies and procedures that will ensure the safety and health of their…

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Washington, D.C. – On June 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a News Release “reminding employers that worker safety remains a priority amid both coronavirus and common workplace hazards.” In the News Release, OSHA recommends various actions for employers to consider as they begin to reopen and restart…

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Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, OSHA has released and frequently updated guidance and resources on workplace safety as it relates to the pandemic. To view more news, standards, and guidance, visit OSHA’s COVID-19 Resources Page.

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“As the Coalition for Workplace Safety recently pointed out, this regulation does ‘nothing to improve worker health and safety,’ it ‘directly contradicts both clear statutory language and two U.S. Court of Appeals rulings,’ and it also represents ‘one of the most egregious end runs around Congress’ power to write the laws.’ The Majority Leader’s comments…

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CWS ISSUES STATEMENT OPPOSING NEW OSHA INJURY REPORTING RULE Says Rule Will Not Advance Cause of Workplace Safety Washington, D.C. — Despite repeated requests and appeals to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued a rule today that will profoundly – and negatively – impact the American business community. …

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