OSHA Steps Up COVID-19 Inspections

Reducing jobsite hazards related to the virus is focus.

In a policy issued earlier in the week, the Labor Department through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is expanding inspections beyond those in healthcare facilities to other jobsites.

OSHA said it is requiring all businesses to record COVID-19 as a workplace illness where the employer could reasonably determine the infection occurred at work. Last month, OSHA had ceased the recording requirements for businesses outside of healthcare, first responders and prisons. That has now been set aside.

OSHA can fine employers for violating workplace safety rules, but only after it conducts inspections and investigations. Employers currently have a general duty to provide a safe workplace by supplying guidance from various agencies, but these requirements are often softened with language such as “where possible” and “if feasible.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For employers and employees alike to adhere to the safety standards set up to protect everyone during the pendency of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For inspectors and others from OSHA who will be dealing with many workplaces to have discernment and wisdom.

Sources: Reuters, Newsmax


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