June 1, 2021 • Volume 20, Issue 12 • A twice-monthly newsletter with information about workplace safety and health.
Needle Safety Device Failure
The Food and Drug Administration urges health care providers to stop using syringes and needles with safety devices manufactured by HAIOU.
An online hearing to discuss updates to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will be held on Sept. 21.
OSHA is updating the handrail and stair rail system requirements for its Walking-Working Surfaces standard.
Three contractors were cited for failing to inspect for hazards that led to a worker fatality.
General Duty Clause Violations
Two companies face penalties after a demolition collapse caused the death of two workers.
A bath and shower manufacturer was cited for continuing to expose workers to safety and health hazards.
Read about more OSHA enforcement cases.
Small Business Recognized for Safety
OSHA’s partnership with Holder Construction dramatically improved safety through increased involvement with workers.
Are adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine recordable on the OSHA recordkeeping log?
The Department of Labor and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, or disincentivizing employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.