Lansing, MI — In response to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, Michigan OSHA has extended until Oct. 14 its temporary emergency rules intended to clarify employer requirements for protecting workers from exposure.
Chicago — Physicians contracted by mine operators to review chest X-rays of coal miners who file “totally debilitating disease” workers’ compensation claims with the Department of Labor’s Federal Black Lung Program may have a bias strongly related to financial conflict of interest, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggest.
Washington — OSHA on April 26 submitted for review to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs a draft of an emergency temporary standard related to COVID-19 – one of the final steps before the ETS can be published in the Federal Register.
Atlanta — Prompted by available data and studies that show the risk of contracting COVID-19 via contact with surfaces is low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is relaxing its exposure-prevention guidance on cleaning and disinfecting.
Washington — OSHA is requiring the recording of adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines only when vaccination is required by the employer, the agency says in an addition to its series of frequently asked questions on protecting workers from exposure to the coronavirus.
Washington — President Joe Biden is calling on all employers to provide workers with paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and “any time it takes to recover from the aftereffects of vaccination.”
Menlo Park, CA — Thirty-four percent of office employees working remotely during of the COVID-19 pandemic say they might look for another job if directed to return to the office full-time, results of a recent survey show.
Washington — NIOSH has created a questionnaire intended to help employers assess and improve worker well-being by collecting employee observations of various aspects of their physical and mental health on and off the job.