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American Society of Safety Professionals is your source for insights on trends in the safety profession, including developments in safety management, worker safety, government and regulatory affairs and standards.

 

Safety News You Need: OSHA Update

Jan 22, 2021

This week's Safety News You Need highlights presidential executive action on COVID-19 guidance; adjustments to OSHA civil penalties; an agreement between OSHA and EPA on improving worker safety;  and new OSHA guidance on COVID-19 prevention.

  • President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing OSHA to update COVID-19 safety recommendations for businesses, and to consider whether an emergency temporary standard is necessary. Read more
  • OSHA has adjusted its civil penalty amounts based on 2021 cost-of-living increases. These adjustments include increases to the maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations, as well as for willful or repeat violations. Read more
  • EPA and OSHA have signed a memorandum of understanding that provides a framework for coordination and communication on exposure to new chemicals in the workplace. Read more
  • A new OSHA tip sheet offers guidance on preventing farmworker exposure to COVID-19 in employer-provided vehicles. These include both administrative and engineering controls, as well as encouraging workers to practice good hygiene. Read more

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