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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OSHA Issues New FAQ on Use of N95 Respirators Against Coronavirus

October 20, 2020

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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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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