Last week the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the stay of OSHA's standard for COVID-19 vaccination and testing. The emergency temporary standard would have affected employers with 100 or more employees. The court did allow a vaccination mandate for federally funded health care facilities.
OSHA civil penalty amounts are increasing 1.06222% this year to adjust for inflation. The maximum fine for serious, other-than-serious, failure-to-correct and posting-requirement violations have increased to $14,502. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations is rising to $145,027. The new amounts became effective January 15.
The CDC updated guidance on masks for the public, explaining that N95 and KN95 masks offer the best protection against COVID-19. These masks were not previously recommended for the public due to the potential impact on the supply for health care employees, but the agency explained that shortages are no longer a concern.
In a Back to Basics article from EHS Daily Advisor, tips are shared on how to prevent violence in the workplace. The article discusses anti-bullying, signs of weapons concealment, domestic violence and high-risk areas.
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