Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping regulations, employers are mandated to record serious occupational injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 Log. COVID-19 is a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties but how does an employer determine this? Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty in determining whether transmission of COVID-19 occurred in or outside the workplace, OSHA issued guidance to its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) in order to evaluate employers’ efforts in determining work relatedness of COVID-19 cases. The guidance clarifies employer obligations and provides a framework for employers to follow when facing a COVID-19 case in the workplace.
Workplace violence is a serious problem that affects nearly 2 million Americans each year. It is especially concerning in the healthcare sector because of its impact on patients and staff. Review this week’s infographic on OSHA’s steps toward compliance.
In healthcare facilities, workplace violence is an important issue that comes at a high price. Not only is workplace violence itself costly, but so are the fines OSHA issues in response. Recently OSHA has fined two healthcare facilities, one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida, for making employees and patients vulnerable to workplace violence.