OSHA’s enforcement activity has been accelerating as the number of COVID-19 cases has increased. Now OSHA has issued a guidance designed to give employers an understanding of the most commonly cited violations arising from OSHA COVID-19-related inspections. They are:
The overwhelming majority of citations issued thus far have involved health care-related facilities and some food processing facilities. However, most inspections and citations occur as the result of complaints made to OSHA, so employers should not be complacent about doing all they reasonably can to keep employees and the public safe from the virus. According to its website, as of November 8, OSHA had received 10,115 COVID-related complaints, of which 1,335 have been referred for enforcement action. (This does not include complaints processed by states with their own OSHA programs. Wisconsin does not have its own program.) The following is the breakdown of the most affected industries:
The new guidance can be found at: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance Alerting Employers to Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections.