OSHA Issues Guidance to Alert Employers of Commonly Cited COVID-19 Standards

OSHA compiled data from heavily cited establishments to create two new resources for employers to use during the current pandemic.

OSHA issued a guidance and accompanying one-pager on November 6 to clarify to employers which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections.

The guidance was created to help employers protect workers and increase compliance with OSHA requirements.

The documents are based on data from citations that were issued in health care facilities and meat processing plants. They provide resources that address the most cited standards, which include respiratory protection, PPE, and recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

The one-pager advises employers to follow procedures such as proper PPE use in the workplace, providing medical evaluations before a worker is fit-tested and storing respirators and PPE in a way that protects them from damage.

For more information, visit osha.gov.

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Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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