OSHA Issues $1.2M in Coronavirus ViolationsOctober 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports it has cited 85 establishments for coronavirus violations totaling US$1,222,156 in fines since the pandemic started.
OSHA previously reported 62 organizations had been cited last month. Since October 1, the administration has fined an additional 23 establishments more than $300,000 in violations. The alleged abuses include failures to implement actions that would protect workers from injuries and infectious diseases, including COVID-19, such as:
- Implementing a written respiratory protection program
- Providing a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator, and personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Reporting an injury, illness, or fatality
- Recording an injury or illness on OSHA recordkeeping forms.
For resources to help comply with OSHA’s regulations, visit the agency’s COVID-19 webpage.