OSHA revises enforcement policies for coronavirus infection cases

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

As states reopen after more than two months of shelter orders, OSHA has adopted two revised enforcement policies with respect to coronavirus exposure in workplaces, spurred by improved understanding about infection transmission and prevention throughout the course of the pandemic. 

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New OSHA recordkeeping / reporting requirements


Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety & Health David Michaels reminds employers of new incident reporting measures effective this year. A revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requires reporting of all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities within 24 hours, and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

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OSHA to hear more on electronic injury, illness records submission

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA has extended to October 14 the comment period on a proposed rule for tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. A proposal published in November 2013 would add to the agency’s record-keeping regulation requirements for the electronic submission of information that employers are already required to keep.

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