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OSHA Lists Most Frequently Cited Standards in COVID Inspections

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The occupational safety regulator released a one-page document to help companies protect workers during the pandemic.

A new one-page document was released by The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on November 7 that lists the standards that are most frequently cited during COVID-19-related inspections.  

The agency said the list is based on data from citations issued in various industries, including meat and poultry processing plants. OSHA’s document also provides examples of requirements that companies must comply with, including recordkeeping of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses; providing training to workers on the safe use of respirators and/or other PPE in the workplace; and carrying out a medical evaluation before a worker fit-tested or uses a respirator.

OSHA said some of the most commonly cited standards include respiratory protection, recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses, personal protective equipment, and the General Duty Clause.

The agency offers a free and confidential On-Site Consultation Program to small- and medium-sized businesses to identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and provides assistance in establishing and improving safety and health programs.

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