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Issue Date: July 27, 2020

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If you're looking for the latest information on all the various state-specific COVID-19 training requirements, check out our new guidance document, which summarizes the current requirements in each state and provides links you can follow to obtain more information. We also have new COVID-19 safety checklists for long-haul trucking and shuttle services. Finally, don't neglect your regular safety training. Our newly updated training presentation on OSHA and the General Duty Clause provides information for employees to understand the purpose of OSHA; identify OSHA’s strategies for improving workplace safety; recognize the impact of the General Duty Clause; and know their safety-related rights and responsibilities.

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OSHA cites employers for COVID-19 respirator violation

On July 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it had cited an employer for violations of the respiratory protection standard after the company reported the coronavirus-related hospitalization of seven employees.

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Keeping your workforce safe in a pandemic

There is no federal emergency temporary standard for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) exposures, and guidance from federal and state officials seems to change daily. There are a lot of decisions to make and a lot of boxes to check, with incomplete information.

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Q&A: Is there any guidance for cloth face masks with concern for heat related illness?

Recently, a subscriber asked about heat stress concerns associated with face mask use amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out what we had to say.

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News

Alcohol & Drugs (Motor Carriers)FMCSA reports over 25,000 drug violations

EnforcementOSHA cites employers for COVID-19 respirator violation

Health - GeneralVirginia adopts emergency COVID-19 standard

Health - GeneralCal/OSHA urges employers to follow COVID-19 guidance

Motor Carrier SafetyNIOSH releases new motor vehicle safety plan

Toxic and Hazardous SubstancesOSHA issues final beryllium rule

Training

Employee Training Materials

Audio PresentationsIntroduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause—The objective of this session is to familiarize employees with how OSHA and the General Duty Clause affect their jobs and the workplace. By the end of the session, trainees should be able to understand OSHA's purpose, identify OSHA's strategies for improving workplace safety, recognize the impact of the General Duty Clause, and know employee rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

PowerpointsIntroduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause (PPT)—The objective of this session is to to familiarize you with how OSHA and the General Duty Clause affect your job and our workplace. By the time the session is over, you will be able to understand the purpose of OSHA; identify OSHA’s strategies for improving workplace safety; recognize the impact of the General Duty Clause; and know your OSHA rights and responsibilities.

HandoutsIntroduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause Handout 2—The objective of this session is to familiarize employees with how OSHA and the General Duty Clause affects their jobs and the workplace. Use this handout to accompany the Introduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause Safety Presentation.

HandoutsIntroduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause Handout 3—The objective of this session is to familiarize employees with how OSHA and the General Duty Clause affects their jobs and the workplace. Use this handout to accompany the Introduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause Safety Presentation.

Speaker's NotesIntroduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause - Script View—The objective of this session is to familiarize employees with how OSHA and the General Duty Clause affects their jobs and the workplace. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Introduction to OSHA and the General Duty Clause PowerPoint presentation.

On-Demand Webinars

OSHAWebinar [2020-04]: OSHA’s Newly Released COVID-19 Guidance: Recommended Protocols for PPE, Personnel Training, and More Learn how to protect your workforce from the spread of COVID-19 by having an effective written ATD exposure control plan and procedures in place, ensuring the proper use of PPE, and initiating workforce training to prevent the spread of ATDs in the workplace.

Emergency PreparednessWebinar [2020-04]: Coronavirus and California Safety Compliance: Exposure Plans, PPE, and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease Learn how to comply with Cal/OSHA's Interim Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with effective written ATD exposure control plan and procedures, workforce training to prevent the spread of ATDs in the workplace, and proper PPE.

Flammable LiquidsWebinar [2020-04]: Flammable Liquids: Strategies to Ensure You Comply with Applicable Regulations and Industry Standards when Managing Flammable Liquids Learn how to comply with applicable regulations, industry standards, and best management practices when managing flammable liquids.

Emergency PreparednessWebinar [2020-04]: Safety and HR's Role in Combatting COVID-19: How to Work Together to Minimize Legal, Health and Safety Risks Learn safety and HR's role to combat COVID-19 and how to work together to minimize legal, health and safety risks.

Silica (General Industry)Webinar [2020-04]: Silica Exposure: Protecting Employees and Avoiding Citations Learn how to identify key compliance requirements in the general industry and construction silica standards and common missteps to avoid to stay off OSHA’s enforcement radar.

Time Savers

ChecklistsCOVID-19 Checklist: Long-Haul Trucking—The COVID-19 pandemic brought many businesses to a halt and required them to send their employees home, where they could work safely. Because they provide essential services, commercial trucking businesses cannot cease operations during a pandemic if the entire country is to receive critical supplies. Commercial truck drivers face the difficult challenge during a pandemic of remaining healthy as they haul the freight that keeps the country going. Because a majority of drivers perform their job alone without direct supervision by their employer, it is essential that employers inform their drivers as to how to keep their cab clean and how to avoid close contact with those with whom they must interact, such as truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, and other truck drivers.

ChecklistsCOVID-19 Checklist: Shuttle Services—The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that organizations change the way they operate to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Shuttle service personnel have the potential for contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and shuttle service companies are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing strategies to manage potential COVID-19 exposure so their employees can safely perform their job functions.

Ask The Expert

Q: Is there any guidance for cloth face masks with concern for heat related illness?

Q: If an employee did not seek medical attention until she had already taken 3 days away from work, is the case recorded as a lost-time injury or a medical-only case?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

National:

07/14/2020—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—29 CFR 1910 - Revising the Beryllium Standard for General Industry; Final Rule

State:

07/21/2020—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Workers' Compensation Appeals Board

07/16/2020—Violence in the Workplace—California—Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention Training

07/15/2020—Commercial Driver Safety—Illinois—Commercial Driver Training Schools

07/15/2020—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Bureau of Workers' Compensation

07/15/2020—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—State Insurance Fund

07/14/2020—Safety - General—Colorado—Building, Fire and Life Safety Code Enforcement

Proposed Rules

State:

07/27/2020—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—South Carolina—Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

07/23/2020—Commercial Driver Safety—New Jersey—Commercial Driver Licensing

07/21/2020—Workers' Compensation—California—California Workers Compensation Uniform Reporting Plan

07/16/2020—Electric Power Generation—Washington—Electric Power Generation

07/15/2020—Safety - General—Tennessee—Safety Standards

07/15/2020—Safety - General—Tennessee—Fees

07/13/2020—Enforcement —Wyoming—Information Dissemination

Reference Materials

Guidance Documents

Health - General—National—State COVID-19 Employee Training: Requirements and Recommendations

White Papers

Keeping your workforce safe in a pandemicThere is no federal emergency temporary standard for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) exposures, and guidance from federal and state officials seems to change daily. There are a lot of decisions to make and a lot of boxes to check, with incomplete information.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

July 30, 2020
Managing Safety from Afar

 

August 4, 2020
OSHA 300 Update:
Key Pain Points and the Latest Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases

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