Coronavirus News Hub for EHS Pros

Lion Technology has compiled a list of news updates related to the coronavirus pandemic that supply chain managers; environmental compliance officers; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety personnel; hazmat logistics employees; and other environment, health, and safety (EHS) workers need to know.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Is COVID-19 a Recordable Illness Under 29 CFR 1904.7?

On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued interim guidance related to recording cases of COVID-19 that occur in the workplace. Normally, illnesses contracted in the workplace are recordable if they are new cases and result in medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, or other criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.

OSHA’s Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure

OSHA issues the poster “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” in English and Spanish.

OSHA Issues Guidance Amid N95 Respirator Shortage

In an enforcement guidance memo directed to its officers, OSHA recommends that employers facing a shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) do the following …

New OSHA Memo on COVID-19 and N95 Respirators

Fearing a supply shortage of N95 FFRs due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance related to the Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA issues a new coronavirus alert and guidance for employers.

Coronavirus: Preventing Workplace Exposure

OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidance for employers regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. As U.S. cases begin to make headlines, employers should take steps to prevent rapid transmission of the coronavirus.

US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Signing Hazmat Shipping Papers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unless you’re Stretch Armstrong, you can’t sign hazmat shipping papers from 6 feet away—the recommended social distance to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The PHMSA has issued recommendations for meeting your regulatory responsibility from a safe distance.

New PHMSA Hand Sanitizer Policy for Distilleries, Others

Right now, everyone is stepping up to play his or her part in the ongoing public health emergency related to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. As part of that effort, many businesses want to prepare alcohol-based sanitizers for public distribution or internal use, including many not currently licensed or registered to manufacture drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Transport Canada released a similar temporary certificate.

PHMSA Enforcement Discretion For Cylinders That Exceeded The Periodic Requalification Test Date

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) PHMSA releases a Notice of Enforcement Discretion regarding cylinders that have exceeded their periodic requalification test date.

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United States Postal Service (USPS)
USPS Offers Exception for Shipping Hand Sanitizer

USPS customers can now request a “special exception” to the Publication 52 requirements for shipping hand sanitizers by ground or, in limited cases, domestic air.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

New IATA COVID-19 Guidance for Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

On April 17, the IATA released guidance pertaining to the use of passenger aircraft to safely transport cargo and/or mail during the COVID-19 global health crisis.

IATA Clarifies Shipping Infectious Substances & COVID-19 Related Hazmat

Last month, the IATA released information to help hazmat shippers transport infectious substances and hand sanitizer safely and in compliance via air. This new guidance aims to assist supply chain professionals, aircraft workers, and frequent flyers alike in supporting the fight against COVID-19.

Environmental Protection Agency

CalEPA Issues Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency

California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)—the umbrella agency that oversees compliance with the Golden State’s unique hazardous waste, air, water, and chemical regulations—released a “Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency.”

Disinfectant Claiming to Prevent COVID-19 Barred from US

The EPA has barred an illegal disinfectant claiming to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, from entering U.S. ports in Honolulu and Guam.

EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. EPA announces a temporary enforcement policy for routine monitoring and reporting violations that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

The U.S. EPA shares a list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.