By Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisAdam R. YoungA. Scott HeckerPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 13, 2021, the CDC announced further updated recommendations for fully vaccinated people in non-healthcare settings.

In an unexpected turnabout from previous guidance, the CDC updated its “Interim Public Health Recommendations
Continue Reading Breathe Easy – CDC Advises that Fully Vaccinated People Need Not Mask or Social Distance in Most Settings

By Brent I. ClarkBenjamin D. BriggsCoby TurnerAdam R. YoungIlana Morady, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 20, 2021, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (OSHSB) will consider changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) Rules, and it just posted the
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Considering Changes to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

By Benjamin D. BriggsPatrick D. Joyce, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: In late May, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam directed the state’s Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to develop emergency temporary standards to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19. Those rules were adopted on July 15, 2020. 

Federal OSHA has only issued
Continue Reading Virginia Adopts Emergency Workplace Safety Regulations

By James L. Curtis, Mark A. Lies, II, Patrick D. Joyce, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA Administrator Loren Sweatt recently blogged related to heat illness in the workplace as “forecasters are calling for above-average heat in some parts of the country and scorching temperatures in July and August.” Sweatt suggests
Continue Reading Heat Illness – A Phantom Menace: Sweatt Blogs on Safety Measures and Heat Illness in the Workplace

By James L. Curtis, Ilana R. MoradyAdam R. Young, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued Guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses ensure the safety of their employees and the public during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.

The new Guidance on Returning to Work
Continue Reading OSHA Issues New Guidance As Non-Essential Businesses Reopen and Employees Return to Work

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) had brought suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals against the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, through an Emergency Petition For A Writ Of Mandamus, and Request For Expedited Briefing And Disposition, No.
Continue Reading DC Circuit Court Denies Union’s Suit Against OSHA to Force Emergency Temporary Worker Safety Standard

By James L. CurtisAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA issued its first COVID-19 citation to a Georgia nursing home. The citation alleges a failure to report within 24-hours a work-related incident resulting in hospital admissions.

As discussed in our prior blog, OSHA has issued new enforcement procedures for COVID-19 cases
Continue Reading OSHA Issues First COVID-19 Citation for Untimely Reporting of Hospitalizations

By James L. Curtis, Mark A. Lies, II, Adam R. Young, Daniel R. BirnbaumPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted a Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19. Under the OSHA regulations and the revised guidance, most cases of COVID-19 will
Continue Reading OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recordkeeping of COVID-19 Cases

By James L. Curtis, Benjamin D. BriggsBrent I. Clark, Mark A. Lies, II, Adam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease (ERP). Now, as states begin reopening their economies,
Continue Reading OSHA Issues Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease

By James L. Curtis, Helen M. McFarland, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The State of Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) just enacted Emergency COVID-19 Safety Rules on “Prohibited Business Activities and Conditions for Operations.”

In a first-of-its-kind emergency rulemaking, DOSH enacted an emergency rule that, on its face, allows
Continue Reading WA DOSH Issues Emergency COVID-19 Safety Rule Mandating Compliance with Emergency Proclamation and Safe Start Reopening Guidance