OSHA Issues Guidance Alerting Employers to Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections
OSHA issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager describing which OSHA standards have been cited most frequently during COVID-19 related inspections. OSHA based the guidance documents on data from citations resulting from complaints, referrals and fatalities in facilities inclusive of hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. Based on these citations, the documents highlight lessons learned and best practices for other facilities to follow to avoid similar citations.
In the press release, DoL indicated that OSHA offers on-site consultations offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses to identify workplace hazards, provides advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assists in establishing and improving safety and health programs. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.