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OSHA construction advisory committee, work groups schedule public teleconferences
 Washington — Two OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health work groups are set to conduct separate public teleconferences June 30, one day before the full committee is set to meet.According to a notice published in the June 1 Federal Register, the...
COVID-19 pandemic: OSHA, CDC issue guidelines for ag industry
 Washington — To help protect agriculture workers against exposure to COVID-19, recently released interim guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists measures employers should take during the pandemic.According to a June 2 press release from OSHA,...
OSHA denies AFL-CIO petition calling for an emergency standard on infectious diseases
 Washington — OSHA has denied an AFL-CIO petition that asks the agency to issue an emergency temporary standard on infectious diseases amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, claiming the labor federation “lacks compelling evidence” in its case.Responding to AFL-CIO...
Warren and Sanders ask DOL inspector general to look at OSHA’s actions during COVID-19 pandemic
Washington — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are among six legislators calling on the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General to investigate OSHA’s “handling of inspections and citations” during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as DOL’s decision not to...
COVID-19 pandemic: OSHA issues safety alert for long-term care facilities
 Washington — A new safety alert from OSHA lists steps that owners of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should take to reduce worker exposure and potential transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic.The alert calls on employers to encourage workers to stay home when sick, as...
No infectious diseases standard forthcoming, acting OSHA head says
 Washington — An infectious diseases standard won’t be coming anytime soon, acting OSHA administrator Loren Sweatt indicated during a May 28 hearing convened by the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, adding that “the regulatory agenda speaks for itself.”Sweatt...
COVID-19 pandemic: OSHA releases guidance for food and beverage industry, restaurants
 Washington — Aimed at protecting restaurant/food and beverage workers from exposure to COVID-19, a new OSHA safety alert lists measures employers should take during the pandemic.Released May 1, the alert calls on employers to encourage workers to stay home when sick, as well as report any...
AFL-CIO sues OSHA in effort to force emergency standard
 Washington — The AFL-CIO has filed a lawsuit against OSHA and the Department of Labor, asking a federal court to require the agency to issue an emergency temporary standard on infectious disease amid the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.The labor federation, which filed a petition May...
‘Regulation by Shaming’: Study explores impact of OSHA press releases
 Durham, NC — A single OSHA press release about fines levied against a company can have the same effect as 200-plus agency inspections when it comes to future compliance by the offending employer, as well as those nearby in the same industry, a Duke University researcher recently...
Senators to Scalia: Emergency OSHA standard needed before economy can reopen
  Washington — More than two dozen lawmakers are calling on OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard on infectious disease, among other steps, before reopening the economy, in an April 29 letter sent to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia.Among the 29 senators who signed...

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