Do Face Masks Compromise Our Oxygen Levels?

As the "new normal" of wearing face coverings in public continues, people have been wondering if they're getting enough air. If you have felt like your breathing is restricted, we have good news for you, medical/surgical masks and face coverings do not compromise your oxygen intake! Here's what OSHA has stated on this matter: Medical masks, including surgical masks, are routinely worn by healthcare workers throughout the day as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles and do not compromise their oxygen levels or cause carbon dioxide buildup. They are designed to be breathed through and can protect against respiratory droplets, which are typically much larger than tiny carbon dioxide particles. Consequently,

By |2020-08-12T16:08:08+00:00August 12th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Fines for Violating COVID-19 Protocols

Are Companies Being Fined for Violating COVID-19 Protocols? Yes, some companies have been issued fines for not protecting their employees from getting sick. Many companies are not aware that OSHA inspections are posted publicly on their website. Just take a look at this healthcare company in Cleveland, OH that was cited by OSHA for violating respiratory protection standards after seven employees were hospitalized for coronavirus-related issues. OSHA previously issued a statement saying that they would take into consideration the employer's effort to comply with OSHA regulations during an inspection. This makes us believe that if an employer is making an obvious effort to comply with COVID-19 safety and health protocols, OSHA will be more

By |2020-08-12T15:50:58+00:00August 12th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Considers Good Faith Efforts in Pandemic

OSHA Understands the Difficulties You're Facing, But Don't Expect a Free Pass From the start of this world-wide pandemic, employers have faced challenging times trying to keep up with the safety of their employees, as well as OSHA regulations.  With business being closed, travel restrictions, and shelter-in-place requirements, people who normally provide training or audits, inspections, and other industrial hygiene services may be limited.  Employee training may also be lacking during this time due to other restrictions. The April 16, 2020 OSHA Enforcement Memo stated: "For example, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine issued a recommendation that occupational spirometry testing be suspended because of concerns about spreading droplets containing the COVID-19 virus

By |2020-08-11T19:19:26+00:00July 13th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Policies

As the United States economy starts to reopen, business owners might be wondering what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) plans to do about enforcing the safety of their employees and if we are really safe to even reopen. OSHA's main goal is to get each employee home safely from work every day. They're responsible for setting regulations and also enforcing the laws. OSHA has released two revised enforcement policies that business owners should be aware of. OSHA's 2 Revised Enforcement Policies 1. Revised OSHA Recordkeeping Requirement for COVID-19 Under OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness. That means that

By |2020-06-16T20:19:13+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Construction Protocols

Cal/OSHA is once again leading the safety industry by providing COVID-19 protocols for the construction industry in order to keep employees safe on the job. Businesses must implement and document the safety measures and comply with Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA requirements. Cal/OSHA Third-Party Jobsite Safety Accountability Supervisor (JSAS) Construction projects of any size will also need to designate a site-specific COVID-19 supervisor(s) to enforce the guidelines. If your company needs a Third-Party Jobsite Safety Accountability Supervisor (JSAS), Lancaster Safety is able to assist! Provide Cal/OSHA required supervision for construction sites Review Small Construction Project (SCP) or Large Construction Project

By |2020-06-16T20:14:16+00:00May 15th, 2020|Construction, OSHA News, Safety Management|

COVID-19: Are We Safe to Reopen?

Read: Senators Letter to OSHA Focus on Safety & Health A massive debate has unraveled between pro-economy supporters wanting all businesses to reopen vs. health-first proponents wanting to take the safest measures. This article is not intended to take a side but rather to focus on the safety and health of any employee that is working or will be returning to work at this time. On Tuesday, May 12, House Democrats revealed a new coronavirus relief package that would release another phase of payment support straight to Americans, helping to boost the economy and also address businesses needing to implement an infection control and prevention plan. "This

By |2020-08-10T17:31:57+00:00May 14th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Recordkeeping for COVID-19

Are Employers Responsible for Recording COVID-19? OSHA still considers COVID-19 to be a recordable illness, much like any other illness that an employee may get.  When it comes to recording if an employee misses work due to COVID-19, an employer may be responsible for recording it on their 300 log. Here are the cases where it should be recorded: The illness is confirmed to be COVID-19 The illness is confirmed to be work-related, meaning the employer can confirm the illness was contracted in the work environment, and not outside of work The illness meets the normal recording criteria under the recordkeeping standard such as medical treatment beyond First Aid, days away

By |2020-05-22T15:42:33+00:00April 28th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA Issues Memos to Aid in N95 Shortage

Relieving the Pressures of Supply Shortages In an effort to address the scarcity of N95 respirators during the current COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has announced a temporary easing of the specific regulations related to respiratory protection.  At the beginning of April, OSHA issued two short-term enforcement guidelines in reference to the Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) and certain other health standards. According to one, OSHA is allowing for the reuse of N95 respirators and the use of expired N95s in certain cases. In the other memo, OSHA said that it is allowing for the use of filtering facepiece respirators and air-purifying elastomeric respirators certified by other countries or jurisdictions, under the following performance standards: Australia: AS/NZS 1716:2012

By |2020-05-22T15:21:21+00:00April 16th, 2020|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

What Employers Need to Know About COVID-19

Pandemic Preparedness & Coronavirus Workplace Safety Over the last few months, the news has been filled with updates on the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as “Coronavirus”. People in the United States and around the world are getting sick and even dying from the virus. Concerts, classes, sporting events and vacation plans are all being cancelled, and parts of the world are even on lock-down. As safety professionals, it is our responsibility to understand what OSHA is doing to help employers prevent the spread of health issues like the Coronavirus (COVID-19). What Exactly is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? The official name of the virus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease that it causes is

By |2020-06-16T20:17:32+00:00March 10th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

2020 OSHA Penalty Amounts Increased

Understanding OSHA's Penalty Adjustments Until five years ago, OSHA had not raised their penalty amounts since 1990. Now, with the Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA is required to annually adjust penalty amounts by January 15th. Fines increased by approximately 80% on August 1, 2016 and are adjusted annually moving forward. This year the penalty increase became effective on January 15, 2020. The good news is that the maximum penalty amounts did not increase drastically overall. Serious, other-than-serious, and failure to abate violations saw only a $234.00 penalty maximum increase.  Willful and repeat violations experienced a higher increase at $2,339.00. The table below displays the current penalty amounts for 2020. Please note that some

By |2020-06-16T21:36:19+00:00January 20th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|
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