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OSHA & CDC Combine COVID-19 Guidance Efforts

As the country begins the process of re-opening the economy, the federal government, through CDC and OSHA, is ramping up efforts to help private and public sector employers better understand how to manage workplace COVID-19 exposures, infections and risks. Both agencies issued updated and joint Coronavirus guidance and recommendations last week here. These efforts are being driven by several factors including a realization that the pandemic isn’t ending any time soon, just how contagious COVID-19 can be, as well as [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:12:00-05:00May 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus, Safety Training|Comments Off on OSHA & CDC Combine COVID-19 Guidance Efforts

Is Your Company Safe From COVID-19?

As we begin the process of re-opening the economy, employers from all industries are really struggling to understand how to make their workplaces safe for employees and customers during this COVID pandemic. The TV, internet and social media are filled with stories about how even major companies like Amazon, Tyson foods and others are facing huge problems like infection outbreaks, employee walkouts, retaliation claims from employees who speak out, and how some companies are being forced to shut [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:12:31-05:00May 19th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus|Comments Off on Is Your Company Safe From COVID-19?

OSHA Enforcement Policy During COVID-19, Coronavirus Pandemic

On Thursday of last week (4/16/2020), OSHA issued a Memo  called “Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer's Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic” The memo is obviously intended to help clarify OSHA’s enforcement stance, but also to remind employers that they cannot put their safety programs on hold during the pandemic. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know: OSHA is not pausing enforcement during the pandemic. They will continue to conduct inspections, [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:13:04-05:00April 20th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on OSHA Enforcement Policy During COVID-19, Coronavirus Pandemic

City of Austin Infectious Disease Response Plan & OSHA COVID-19 Information

Today we want to briefly discuss a few key regulatory requirements that companies who continue to operate during the pandemic need to be aware of and emphasize the importance of keeping up with these requirements to not only help protect your most valuable asset, your employees, from harm, but also to protect your company from related risks including potential civil liability as well as the risk of an outbreak within your company which could ultimately lead to a shutdown, [...]

By |2020-06-29T17:14:10-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus, Good To Know, Safety Training, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on City of Austin Infectious Disease Response Plan & OSHA COVID-19 Information

Employers Must Track & Report Work Related Covid-19 Infections on OSHA 300 Logs

OSHA has issued updated guidance requiring employers to track and record coronavirus/Covid-19 infections as a recordable illness on their OSHA 300 logs if the infection occurred as a result of work related activities and: COVID-19 diagnosis confirmed Exposure meets "work related" definition Meets 1 or more recordable illness criteria See More Here  

By |2020-06-29T17:14:40-05:00March 19th, 2020|COVID-19 & Coronavirus, Good To Know, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Employers Must Track & Report Work Related Covid-19 Infections on OSHA 300 Logs

Coronavirus OSHA-Occupational Health & Safety Guidance

While the majority of Coronavirus related information being disseminated over TV, internet and word of month applies to public health and safety, we wanted to do our best to distill it down to how it applies to occupational health and safety, which is what employers really need to be aware of.  In the US, OSHA and CDC (Center for Disease Control) are the primary agencies offering occupational guidance for employers and businesses. Knowing this information and following available guidance will [...]

By |2020-06-28T16:43:57-05:00March 17th, 2020|Good To Know, Government Regulation, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Coronavirus OSHA-Occupational Health & Safety Guidance
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