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Coronavirus News Hub For EH&S Pros

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Lauren Scott

We've compiled a list of news updates related to the coronavirus pandemic that supply chain managers, environmental compliance officers, OSHA safety personnel, hazmat logistics employees and other EH&S workers need to know.

Have specific questions? Check out our Coronavirus Q&A, where Senior Instructor Scott D answers your most frequently asked questions.

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Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
United States Postal Service (USPS)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Environmental Protection Agency


Occupational Safety & Health Administration



5/19/20
OSHA Updates COVID-19 Enforcement Guidance

OSHA released revised guidance concerning workplace safety compliance during the COVID-19 public health emergency. OSHA also updated their policy for recording workplace cases of COVID-19. 



5/12/20
OSHA Investigates Nearly 200 Coronavirus Workplace Safety Claims

OSHA launched 192 coronavirus-related workplace safety investigations between February 19 and April 23 to determine whether employers failed to adequately protect their workers. This is the culmination of thousands of complaints fielded by investigators since January relating to the pandemic.


5/4/20

UPDATE: OSHA's Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure

UPDATE: OSHA issues the poster "Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus" in EnglishSpanish, and 11 other languages


5/4/20
How to Spot a Counterfeit Respirator

Due to the national respirator shortage, some companies are seeking less conventional marketplaces with the hope of keeping their essential staff and employees safe. But don’t be fooled! Many counterfeit masks appear strikingly similar to their approved counterpart. Here’s how to tell the difference.
 

4/16/20
Discretion in OSHA Enforcement During COVID-19

OSHA released a memo stating that the Agency will consider an employer’s “good-faith efforts” prior to any enforcement action in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.


4/13/20
Is COVID-19 a Recordable Illness Under 29 CFR 1904.7?

On April 10, 2020, OSHA issued interim guidance related to recording cases of COVID-19 that occur in the workplace. Normally, illnesses contracted in the workplace are recordable if they are new cases and result in medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, or other criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.  


4/6/20
OSHA Issues Guidance Amid N95 Respirator Shortage

In an enforcement guidance memo directed to its officers, OSHA recommends that employers facing a shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, or FFRs, do the following... 


3/17/20
New OSHA Memo on COVID-19 and N95 Respirators

Fearing a supply shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, OSHA issued temporary enforcement guidance related to the Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.   
 

3/12/20
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA issues a new coronavirus alert and guidance for employers. 
 

3/2/20
Coronavirus: Preventing Workplace Exposure

OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidance for employers regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. As US cases begin to make headlines, employers should take steps to prevent rapid transmission of the coronavirus. 


US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)



4/20/20
PHMSA Provides Partial Relief for Shipping Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants by Ground

To make it easier for carriers to provide hand sanitizers and disinfectants to workers throughout the supply chain, PHMSA will provide relief for the transport of these items on a motor vehicle for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of employees and contractors who directly support a carrier’s logistical operations.



4/17/20
Signing Hazmat Shipping Papers in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unless you’re Stretch Armstrong, you can’t sign hazmat shipping papers from six feet away—the recommended social distance to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. PHMSA has issued recommendations for meeting your regulatory responsibility from a safe distance. 



4/6/20
New PHMSA Hand Sanitizer Policy for Distilleries, Others

Right now, everyone is stepping up to play their part in the ongoing public health emergency related to novel coronavirus or COVID-19. As part of that effort, many businesses want to prepare alcohol-based sanitizers for public distribution or internal use, including many not currently licensed or registered to manufacture drugs by US FDA.  Transport Canada released a similar temporary certificate.   
 

4/6/20
PHMSA Enforcement Discretion For Cylinders That Exceeded The Periodic Requalification Test Date

US DOT PHMSA releases a Notice of Enforcement Discretion regarding cylinders that have exceeded their periodic requlification test date.

United States Postal Service (USPS) 

 



4/23/20
USPS Revises Infectious Substances Shipping Rules

USPS has revised its Publication 52 regulations for mailing Category B Infectious Substances “to support the rapid deployment of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic tests…”  



4/9/20
USPS Offers Exception for Shipping Hand Sanitizer

USPS customers can now request a “special exception” to the Publication 52 requirements for shipping hand sanitizers by ground or, in limited cases, domestic air.  
 


International Air Transport Association (IATA)



4/17/20
New IATA COVID-19 Guidance for Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

On April 17, IATA released guidance pertaining to the use of passenger aircraft to safely transport cargo and/or mail during the COVID-19 global health crisis.
 

4/6/20
IATA Clarifies Shipping Infectious Substances & COVID-19 Related Hazmat

Last month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released information to help hazmat shippers transport infectious substances and hand sanitizer safely and in compliance via air. This new guidance aims to assist supply-chain professionals, aircraft workers, and frequent flyers alike in supporting the fight against COVID-19.
 


Environmental Protection Agency





5/18/20
9 States Challenge EPA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policy

Attorneys General from nine states filed suit against US EPA over the agency’s Temporary Policy on environmental enforcement during the COVID-19 public health emergency.



5/1/20
How to Clean and Disinfect the Workplace

CDC and EPA have collaborated on documentation and an infographic to help facility operators ensure the safety and wellbeing of their workforce once employees return to work.


4/15/20
CalEPA Issues Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency

California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)—the umbrella agency that oversees compliance with the Golden State’s unique hazardous waste, air, water, and chemical regulations—released a “Statement on Compliance with Regulatory Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency.”
 

3/30/20
Disinfectant Claiming to Prevent COVID-19 Barred from US

EPA has barred an illegal disinfectant claiming to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, from entering US ports in Honolulu and Guam.
 

3/26/20
EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

US EPA announces a temporary enforcement policy for routine monitoring and reporting violations that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

3/10/20
EPA List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

US EPA shares a list of disinfectants for use against the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.