Oregon OSHA Prepares COVID-19 Temporary Standard

October 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. – On September 25, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a near final draft of its COVID-19 Temporary Standard, which establishes COVID-19 safety precautions for all workplaces. Among other things, the standard proposes:   strict physical distancing requirements; personal protective equipment (PPE) mandates; sanitation measures; required postings, employee communications, and training; and protocols…

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OSHA Issues New FAQs on Reporting Work-Related Cases of COVID-19

October 2, 2020

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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OSHA Now Publicizing Annual Injury and Illness Reports

September 10, 2020

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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OSHA Issues New Guidance on How to Safely Return to Work

June 19, 2020

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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OSHA: “Worker Safety & Health Remain DOL Priority”

June 15, 2020

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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CWS Sends Letter to House Committee on COVID-19 Protections

June 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. – On May 28, CWS sent a letter to the House Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for their hearing, “Examining the Federal Government’s Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19.” In the letter, CWS advised Congress against passing legislation that would, at this time, require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration…

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CWS Launches New Website

May 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. – On May 15, 2020, CWS launched its new website. The coalition, composed of numerous associations and employers that believe in improving workplace safety, strongly believes this new site will be a more effective and efficient resource for employers, employees, and policymakers to work together to achieve workplace safety across the country. Our…

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OSHA Resources for COVID-19

May 13, 2020

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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CWS Submits Comments on “Control of Hazardous Energy” RFI

August 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. – On August 19, 2019, CWS submitted comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information on the control of hazardous energy. In our comments CWS supported OSHA’s decision to modernize its Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) safety standard but cautioned the agency against creating greater burdens for employers. CWS encouraged OSHA to contemplate…

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CWS Submits Comments on OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

September 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. – On September 28, 2018, CWS submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed alterations to its 2016 rulemaking, Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The 2016 rulemaking had numerous fundamental flaws, and CWS, therefore, was very supportive of OSHA’s decision to revise the rule. In our comments…

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