Risk Advisory: OSHA COVID-19 Inspection Data and Stronger Workplace Guidance
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
- 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
- Inspection data
- OSHA National News Release
- Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Integrating Business Continuity and Pandemic Planning – Oswald Companies
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