Specific guidelines around the risk of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, have been requested from OSHA and other agencies. A list of specific recommendations for funding, research and protections has been endorsed by several scientific organizations including the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Federal and state governments are uncovering a counterfeit scam involving the distribution of at least 10 million fake 3M N95 masks. 3M issued a warning describing how to identify counterfeit masks. Additionally, NIOSH published a guide explaining how to determine if a mask was not legitimately approved by the agency.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
FMCSA is extending temporary hours-of-service exemptions for those transporting items related to COVID-19 relief. Examples include COVID-19 vaccines, medical supplies, personal protective equipment and cleaning items. The extension is now scheduled to remain in effect through May 31.
Submissions are being accepted for the NSC's Green Cross for Safety Awards. There are three categories of awards designed to recognize different types of safety programs and leaders. Nominations will be accepted through February 28.
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