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OSHA Issues Temporary Guidance for Health Care Industry Hoping to Blunt Possible Respirator Shortage

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, one concern is whether there are sufficient numbers of respirators in order to protect healthcare providers who are on the frontlines of dealing with infected and potentially infected patients.

OSHA Form 300a Reporting Deadline and Other Recordkeeping Considerations

March 3, 2020 was the deadline for employers to electronically submit the required data from OSHA form 300A. Form 300A provides OSHA with a summary of all recordable work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year and is to be filed through the electronic OSHA Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Employers can submit injury and illness data electronically.

OSHA Issues Guidance on COVID-19 for Employers

OSHA recently issued guidance to employers on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. You can find our detailed summary of this gudiance here. And a comparison of OSHA’s risk levels and corresponding recommendations on the precautions employers should take is provided in an easy to follow chart.

OSHA Offers Employers ‘Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued guidance to help employers monitor and respond to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

OSHA Recording and Reporting of Cases of COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase within the United States, many employers are now asking whether they must record cases of COVID-19 on their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 Logs or report the cases to OSHA. OSHA requires certain employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses that meet certain severity criteria on the OSHA 300 Log, as well as complete the OSHA Form 301 (or equivalent) upon the occurrence of these injuries. For purposes of COVID-19, OSHA also requires employers to report to OSHA any work-related illness that (1) results in a fatality, or (2) results in the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees. “In-patient” hospitalization is defined as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment.

OSHA Issues Updated Guidance on Preventing Workplace Exposure to Coronavirus

OSHA has released “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19,” a 32-page booklet describing “lower exposure,” “medium exposure,” and “high or very high exposure” risk occupations and what precautions employers can take with respect to protect employees at each level.

Hidden Costs of an OSHA Citation for Manufacturers

Manufacturing employees are involved in significant physical labor or with potentially hazardous material, and manufacturers are one of the most common targets of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations, citations, and penalties. While OSHA often offers to settle penalties quickly, manufacturers should consider carefully whether accepting is in their best interest.

The CSB Adopts Final Accidental-Release Reporting Regulations

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) adopted regulations on February 21, 2020, under the Clean Air Act requiring the reporting of certain accidental releases. Their purpose is to enable the CSB to more quickly determine which incidents it should investigate.

OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Deadline Is Fast Approaching: Are You Ready?

An important deadline is upon us: March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2019.

CDC, OSHA Issue Guidance on Dealing with Coronavirus in the Workplace

Both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have published interim guidance for employers on planning for and protecting their workplaces from exposure to and infection with 2019-nCoV, more commonly referred to as the “2019 novel coronavirus.”
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