US Department of Labor’s OSHA announces $1,222,156 in coronavirus violations

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 8, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 85 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $1,222,156.

OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:

  1. Implement a written respiratory protection program;
  2. Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment;
  3. Report an injury, illness or fatality;
  4. Record an injury or illness on OSHA record-keeping forms; and
  5. Comply with the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

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OSHA has already announced citations relating to 62 establishments, which can be found at dol.gov/newsroom.   In addition to those establishments, the 23 establishments below have received coronavirus-related citations totaling $309,023 from OSHA relating to one or more of the above violations from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8, 2020.  OSHA provides more information about individual citations at its Establishment Search website, which it updates periodically.

Resources are available on the agency’s COVID-19 webpage to help employers comply with these standards.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.  OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance.  For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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