May 27, 2020 • Volume 19, Issue 9 • A twice-monthly newsletter with information about workplace safety and health.
COVID-19: Enforcement Guidance
OSHA adopted revised enforcement policies for increased in-person inspections and recording cases of coronavirus.
COVID-19 Quick Tips Video
A new animated video provides quick tips on the proper stationing of workplaces with assembly lines and processing conveyors to keep workers safe from COVID-19.
OSHA announces the availability of $11.5 million in worker safety and health training grants.
Hurricane Season Starts June 1
OSHA’s Hurricane Preparedness and Response webpage provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes.
Employer Pleads Guilty to Felony
The owner of a construction company plead guilty to perjury after lying during an OSHA investigation of roof workers’ injuries.
Fall Protection Violations
Read about more OSHA enforcement cases.
In some areas of meat and poultry processing facilities, social distancing at 6 feet of distance may not be feasible in order to maintain continued operation at the maximum capacity possible. In these areas, are other controls, based on the hierarchy of controls outlined in the CDC/OSHA guidance (e.g., personal protective equipment) acceptable in order to maintain safe operations at the maximum capacity possible?
Employers should use the hierarchy of controls to control hazards and protect workers, including by first trying to eliminate hazards from the workplace, then implementing engineering controls followed by administrative controls and safe work practices, and finally using personal protective equipment (PPE). When engineering controls, such as physical barriers, are not feasible in a particular workplace or for a certain operation, other types of controls, including PPE, may be considered in accordance with the hierarchy.