OSHA Investigating Complaints of Whistleblower Retaliation

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now overseeing worker retaliation complaints filed under two new whistleblower statutes. According to a news release published February 19th, 2021, OSHA will be investigating the following: “Under the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, OSHA will investigate individual whistleblower’s complaints of retaliation for reporting criminal antitrust violations …

OSHA – Report by March 2, 2021

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers the agency is collecting the calendar year 2020 Form 300A data and is due by March 2, 2021. Per OSHA, employers have an obligation to report and record work-related COVID-19 cases. The collection of CY 2019 data and beyond will include the collection of establishments’ Employer Identification Numbers …

Respiratory Protection – OSHA Guidance

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OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers. As such, they have published a document to provide guidance for the employers of those working nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. LTCFs are different than other healthcare settings because they assist residents and clients with tasks of daily living in …

OSHA Compliant Respiratory Protection Program Requirements

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When respirators, including PAPRs, are used to reduce inhalation exposures, OSHA requires a written respiratory protection program in compliance with OSHA 29CFR1910.134 and the respirators must be NIOSH-approved. To be considered NIOSH approved, the PAPR assembly cannot be modified from its approved configuration and only those replacement parts specified and provided by the manufacturer must be used. The manufacturer’s PAPR …

ALF – OSHA – OUCH

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 37 establishments for violations resulting in proposed penalties totaling $484,069. OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations including failures to: Implement a written respiratory protection program; Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the …

OSHA – Temporary Enforcement Guidance

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On October 2, 2020, OSHA released a memorandum providing temporary enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements of the Respiratory Protection standard. Citation Guidance states: Provided NIOSH-approved tight-fitting PAPRs to protect personnel against SARS-CoV-2 using a high efficiency (HE) particulate cartridge or filter, when initial and/or annual fit-testing is infeasible due …

OSHA Increasing Inspections

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections are increasing and OSHA is using data related to SNF COVID-19 – that is reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network.  As a reminder, OSHA requires all employers to report inpatient hospitalizations within 24 hours and fatalities within 8 hours when the event is work-related (OSHA Standard 1904.39).  Facilities must do their best …