Author: Robi Garthwait

  1. OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing in Healthcare during COVID-19 Outbreak

    Following President Donald J. Trump’s memorandum on the availability of respirators during the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new temporary guidance regarding Read more...
  2. CDC's Advice for Creating an Infectious Diseases Outbreak Plan

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that all employers have an infectious diseases outbreak response plan in place to deal with the coronavirus as it continues to spread in the United States. The plan should cover the Read more...
  3. What Employers Need to Know About the Coronavirus

    The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including several cases in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Read more...
  4. OSHA's View on Substance Abuse

    The most recent numbers from the BLS show that unintentional overdoses due to nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol while at work increased to 305 in 2018, up 12 percent from 2017. This marks the sixth consecutive annual increase in drug or alcohol- Read more...
  5. The OSH Act Is 50 Years Old

    OSHA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) with a year-long celebration of past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives to protect the American workforce. The OSH Act, which Read more...
  6. OSHA Penalty Reminder for 2020

    Former President Barack Obama signed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 in an effort to “improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and maintain their deterrent effect,” according to a Read more...
  7. Enforcement Numbers Increased in 2019

    According to OSHA, there was an increase in the number of inspections in 2019. Federal OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections — more inspections than in the previous three years — addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, Read more...
  8. ER Visits as a Result of Work-Related Injuries

    If a worker goes to a hospital’s emergency department, it is usually because the injury is so severe that seeing a doctor in his or her office or through a walk-in clinic requires too long of a wait. The 2018 Survey of Read more...
  9. When the Lockout/Tagout Standard Does Not Apply

    OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard applies to general industry employers with employees engaged in machine service and maintenance activities. However, there are exceptions to the rule. The standard does not apply in situations when: Read more...
  10. OSHA Updates NEP on Amputation in Manufacturing

    OSHA recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. This directive updates the 2015 NEP on amputations. The NEP targets industrial and manufacturing Read more...

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