The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued nearly $ 500,000 in COVID-19 citations between October 23 and October 29, bringing the total number of sanctions proposed against employers for not protecting workers from coronavirus to nearly 2, $ 5 million, the agency announced Friday.
During the last week of October, OSHA fined 35 employers for various violations, including failure to implement a written respiratory protection program; failure to test and provide training on the proper use of respiratory protection; failure to report an injury, illness or death; and failure to comply with the general customs clause in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The employers cited, primarily in the healthcare industry, are located in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Texas
On Friday, OSHA also issued guidance to help employers: understand which standards are most often cited in connection with coronavirus. Respiratory protection, registration and reporting of injuries and illnesses, personal protective equipment and breaches of general customs clauses are among the most common standards, the agency said.
The guideline urges employers to remember to make medical evaluations of workers before they are tested; establish, implement and update respiratory protection programs; provide proper training in respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment; and provide proper storage to protect personal protective equipment from damage.
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