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Risk Advisory: OSHA COVID-19 Inspection Data and Stronger Workplace Guidance

March 10, 2021
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COVID-19 Inspection Data

As of Jan. 14, 2021, OSHA had performed 310 COVID-related inspections and has issued over $4,000,000 in related citations.

The most common types of citations are listed below:

 

  • Medical evaluations
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Workplace assessments
    • PPE appropriateness
    • Employee training
    • Fit testing
    • Storage
  • Reporting
  • Record keeping
  • Written respiratory programs

OSHA Revised Guidelines

While OSHA has clearly been paying attention to COVID-19, on Jan. 29, they issued an even stronger worker health and safety guidance for protecting employees from COVID-19 exposure. The goal of the guidance is to inform and help employers and workers identify COVID-19 exposure risk and assist in the development of appropriate control measures.

Guidance highlights include the program elements below:

  • Assignment of a workplace coordinator
  • Identification of where and how workers might be exposed
  • Identification of a combination of control measures – hierarch of controls
  • Considerations of protections for workers at higher risk for severe illness
  • Effective communication
  • Employee training
  • Instructions for infected or potentially infected workers
  • Minimizing the negative impact of quarantine and isolation
  • Isolating workers at work
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfections
  • Screening and testing guidance
  • OSHA recording and reporting
  • Protection from retaliation
  • Vaccinations

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Jim Hedrick
Director Risk Management & Client Experience
513.847.0300
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