The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Memorandum on Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, which will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA understands that some employers may face difficulties complying with OSHA standards due to the ongoing health emergency. Widespread business closures, restrictions on travel, limitations on group sizes, facility visitor prohibitions, and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place requirements may limit the availability of employees, consultants, or contractors who normally provide training, auditing, equipment inspections, testing, and other essential safety and industrial hygiene services.
During the course of an inspection, OSHA Area Offices will assess an employer's efforts to comply with standards that require annual or recurring audits, reviews, training, or assessments, and evaluate whether the employer has made good faith efforts to comply with applicable OSHA standards and, in situations where compliance was not possible, to ensure that employees were not exposed to hazards from tasks, processes, or equipment for which they were not prepared or trained.
The guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis.
Please review the memorandum in its entirety for additional detail on these provisions. The memo can be viewed by clicking HERE
Make Your Request for Cloth Face Masks by Tuesday, April 21
FEMA has identified a manufacturer to mass produce and distribute cloth face masks over the next several weeks to life-line sectors. The chemical sector has been identified as one of eight out of the 16 critical sectors to receive priority access to these masks, and the Department of Homeland Security is requesting contact information for shipment and the number of U.S.-based employees requiring a cloth face mask to work safely based on current CDC recommendations relating to COVID-19. No payment is required for these masks; FEMA will distribute them directly from the manufacturer to the point of contact and address provided.
To streamline this process, we encourage you to designate only one shipment location and point of contact per company, and each company will be responsible for allocating and shipping among your U.S.-based facilities.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO MABA BY 9:00 AM - TUESDAY, APRIL 21.
Name of Company
Company Point of Contact: Name, phone, e-mail
Company Address (not P.O. Box)
Number of Employees requiring masks (this will be used by FEMA to determine the number of masks sent)