OSHA has announced that employers will have to record positive COVID-19 cases for OSHA recordkeeping purposes if it is determined that the employee contracted it during normal work activities. This is a reversal from previous guidelines. OSHA’s new policy goes into effect May 26, and you can read more clicking here.
The CDC and OSHA have jointly posted comprehensive manufacturing-specific guidance that details the steps companies need to take to protect their workforce, and you can access the new guidance and related information clicking here. Remember that national and other third-party guidance and resources should be considered complimentary to official Vermont mandates and requirements.
The following are recently updated guidance and resources from OSHA: Demonstrating the Proper Use of Respirators OSHA issued a new video and poster on proper workplace use of respirators. Click here. Small Business Resources The Department has resources to help small business owners understand their obligations under the law. Click here. Other Updates Video: OSHA […]
Following up on the VOSHA-provided training requirements included in Governor Scott’s updated directives Friday for initial reopening criteria for manufacturers and other businesses, VOSHA has developed training and other materials on appropriate safety measures necessary to return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These training and other materials were developed in conjunction with the Vermont […]
The following is a roundup of recent memos, releases, and other resources provided by the US Department of Labor and OSHA that should be of use and interest to employers. US Department of Labor Posts YouTube Quick COVID-19 Tips The Department has posted short, shareable motion graphics highlighting health and safety tips on handwashing and […]
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to coronavirus. Safety measures employers can implement to protect employees working in manufacturing include: Practicing sensible social distancing and maintaining 6 feet between co-workers, where possible; Establishing […]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that employers who are unable to fulfill annual testing, inspection, training and auditing due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be granted relief as long as the company makes good faith efforts to stay in compliance. OSHA will evaluate “whether the employer made good faith efforts to comply […]
Given the large and growing number of posts in News & Views related to COVID-19, we have added a number of new category tags to aid in searching for past posts that might be of interest to you. The following are new tags and a brief explanation of what they cover. We are in the […]
The US Department of Labor announced Friday that employers will not have to consider confirmed cases of COVID-19 as recordable incidents for OSHA recordkeeping purposes unless there is objective evidence that the cases are work related. OSHA noted that determining whether a worker contracted COVID-19 while performing work duties is difficult given ongoing community spread. […]
OSHA has recently released the following updates and resources: Respirator Protection Guidance: OSHA has issued interim guidance on more respirator options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here. Release: OSHA has expanded guidance on respirator fit-testing to all industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here. Safety Poster: A new poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every […]