OSHA Announces Focused Enforcement Effort at Hospitals Treating Covid-19

OSHA Announces Focused Enforcement Effort at Hospitals Treating Covid-19

The agency will increase the amount of inspections at hospitals and nursing home facilities that treat Covid-19 patients in an effort to curb the spread of the virus among employees in healthcare.

Many Americans have started to see the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, but for those in healthcare, the threat of transmission is still present.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced an enforcement memorandum for a short-term increase in highly focused inspections directed at hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities that treat or handle Covid-19 patients.

The agency said in a press release that it recognizes the need to prepare for any new variants and provide healthcare workers the protections that they deserve. OSHA’s goal? To expand its presence to ensure continued mitigation of the virus and its spread.

“We are using available tools while we finalize a healthcare standard,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “We want to be ahead of any future events in healthcare.”

The increased enforcement will take place for a three-month period between March 9, 2022 and June 9, 2022. Through the initiative, the agency will verify and assess hospitals and nursing care employers’ compliance actions, including their readiness to address any ongoing or future Covid-19 surges.

The agency said that this initiative supplements their targeted enforcement under the Revised Covid-19 National Emphasis Program by conducting focused follow-up and monitoring inspections of previously inspected or investigated hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities where COVID-19 citations or Hazard Alert Letters were issued.

This initiative and the revised Covid-19 National Emphasis Program would comprise 15 percent of OSHA’s enforcement activity.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2022

    June 2022

    Featuring:

    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Corporate Safety Culture Is Workplace Culture
    • HEAT STRESS
      Keeping Workers Safe from Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    • EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING
      Should Employers Consider Oral Fluid Drug Testing?
    • PPE FOR WOMEN
      Addressing Physical Differences
    View This Issue