From the beginning of the pandemic until mid-January, the U.S. issued Occupational Safety and Health Administration quotes from 300 workplace inspections for COVID-19-related violations, resulting in proposed penalties totaling just over $ 4 million.
Many of the citations were issued to healthcare facilities for violations of the authority's respiratory protection standard.
COVID-19-related citations issued as of January 14 included 683 mentions of the breathing standard, which in part requires medical facilities to provide workers with appropriate personal protective equipment. Some facilities were cited for breaches of the breathing standard, with proposed fines in some cases totaling more than $ 25,000.
In addition to not providing personal protective equipment, certain facilities were cited for alleged training delays, such as failing to conduct written respiratory protection programs and failing to provide a medical evaluation, respiratory testing, and training on the proper use of respiratory protection and other PPE.