On October 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated COVID-19 guidance, specifically the definition of “close contact.” The expanded definition states that the 15-minute exposure period should be measured based on a cumulative amount of time over 24 hours and not just a single 15-minute interaction.
The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals nationwide.
Did you know that products to sanitize, disinfect, and sterilize surfaces are considered pesticides and are regulated by the EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)?
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued emergency regulations for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) exposures in the workplace. The regulations include a requirement for remote work, when feasible. Michigan becomes the second state, following Virginia, to issue emergency COVID-19 regulations.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for confrontations to occur between workers and customers or other employees over protective measures and policies related to COVID-19, including threatening or even assault. This infographic provides a few tips for diffusing these situations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued temporary guidance on enforcement of initial and annual fit-testing requirements in the Respiratory Protection standard for Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Enforcement discretion is limited to healthcare personnel or other workers engaged in high- or very high-exposure-risk activities.
States with their own workplace safety and health programs continue strong enforcement of both occupational safety and health regulations and their governors’ orders allowing the reopening of businesses. California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) cited five grocery stores, including two that failed to report employee deaths. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]
Will workplace safety and health inspectors show up at your facility if workers contract coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and one of them files a complaint? Yes; in fact, it’s already happened.
The National Safety Council (NSC) urged President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden to include opioid overdose prevention as part of their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovery plans. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Thirty-nine states need to do more to protect their residents from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is a respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The group’s “State of the Response” report assessed states on their efforts in five key areas based on the NSC’s SAFER: […]
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) cited six San Francisco Bay Area employers, including hospitals, a police department, and skilled nursing facilities, for failing to protect their employees from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.