The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and National Safety Council (NSC) both released guidelines and resources for employers reopening workplaces as state COVID-19 stay-at-home orders begin to expire. AIHA collected guidelines for several industries on its newly launched https://www.backtoworksafely.org/ website. NSC published a reopening framework based on recommendations of the Safe Actions for Employee Returns […]
The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals nationwide.
In a matter of moments, our world changed. We all had plans to operate our businesses normally but with extra safety precautions to protect us against an emerging virus spreading across the globe. And then, everything stopped with some of the first community-spread cases in the United States. Almost every state has enacted a stay-at-home […]
With the number of COVID-19 cases beginning to level off in some areas, employers that have ceased operations or shifted to remote work may be considering when, and how, they might be able to bring people back to their facilities. While businesses are understandably eager to resume operations, the potential for missteps is high. Returning […]
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued enforcement guidance allowing the decontamination and reuse of N95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic on a case-by-case basis. The interim guidance to the agency’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) allows the reuse, in certain circumstances, of filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) decontaminated using methods that have shown […]
The EPA has announced that its Science Advisory Board (SAB) will significantly ramp up its research into the human and environmental health impacts of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued interim guidance for meat- and poultry-processing facilities to protect workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In our most recent episode of EHS on Tap, we spoke with Sheryl Corrigan, the director of environment, health, and safety (EHS) for Koch Industries, Inc. In addition to talking about her career path, she provided some keen insights into how she manages a multinational EHS program, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her […]
Every environment, health, and safety professional knows that leading an EHS team can be daunting, requiring you to spread your attention across many different business areas simultaneously. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to dramatically change how we work, and EHS professionals have had to react to those shifts to ensure they meet their […]
The American Heart Association (AHA) issued interim cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines that apply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHA recommended bystanders and lay rescuers administer “hands only” CPR without mouth-to-mouth ventilation to limit exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
As the U.S. prepares to reopen, the nation’s leading safety advocate announces a multifaceted effort to help employers create safe workplaces in a post-coronavirus world. On April 23, the National Safety Council announced SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns, a comprehensive effort to guide employers through the process of safely resuming traditional work and operations […]