Shared from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration DOL-OSHA-OOC-2020-108
Lessons Learned: Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections
In conducting COVID-19-related inspections, OSHA has frequently cited employers for violating certain standards. Employers can learn more about those frequently-cited standards and relevant resources in OSHA’s in-depth analysis of Common COVID-19 Citations. Employers must be vigilant to meet all OSHA requirements. The following are examples, to date, of requirements that employers have most frequently failed to follow:
- Provide a medical evaluation before a worker is fit-tested or uses a respirator.
- Perform an appropriate fit test for workers using tight-fitting respirators.
- Assess the workplace to determine if COVID-19 hazards are present, or likely to be present, which will require the use of a respirator and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Establish, implement, and update a written respiratory protection program with required worksite-specific procedures.
- Provide an appropriate respirator and/or other PPE to each employee when necessary to protect the health of the employees (ensuring the respirator and/or PPE used is the correct type and size).
- Train workers to safely use respirators and/or other PPE in the workplace, and retrain workers about changes in the workplace that might make previous training obsolete.
- Store respirators and other PPE properly in a way to protect them from damage, contamination, and, where applicable, deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve.
- For any fatality that occurs within 30 days of a work-related incident, report the fatality to OSHA within eight hours of finding out about it.
- Keep required records of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illness.
Welcome to our 2020-2021 Chapter Officers!We are excited about this near year and ready to grow the organization and help our members through their needs and recent challenges faced through COVID-19. Whether it be virtually right now, and hopefully in person in the near future, we are eager to serve our community and grow our organization.
Keith Robinson, CSP, CHMM – President
Allie Meyerhoefer – Vice President
Jenny Wong – Secretary
Milana Le – Treasurer
Ashley Chojnacki, MS – Program Chair
Allen Bragg – Delegate
Emily Milford, CSP– Newsletter
Please take a moment to welcome our new officers, as well as thank our previous members for their service! https://lnkd.in/eHxkW5E
Our January networking event took place at Hen Quarter, Dublin OH.
This was our second ever meeting, and the initiative is drawing a lot of attention within the safety community in the central Ohio area. The group is a great mix of professionals at the beginning of their careers, and experienced professionals excited at the opportunity to share their knowledge with their peers. More than anything we just enjoy each other’s company and love for safety!
During 2020 we are looking forward to having an activity in the last week of every month.
Please join us and let’s keep the momentum going!
Central OH ASSP
A robust corporate OSH audit process is a valuable tool for providing input to a company’s board of directorsand senior management regarding the effectiveness of the organization’s OSH programs.