Apr 1, 2021

OSHA Adopts National Emphasis Program (NEP) in Lieu of Adopting Emergency Temporary Standards to Address COVID in the Workplace

OSHA COVID order

On March 15, OSHA adopted an NEP in response to President Biden’s Executive Order directing the agency to come up with a national program for COVID-19 enforcement priorities.  The NEP directs OSHA to conduct programmed inspections at work sites where employees have a higher frequency of close contact exposures and COVID outbreaks.  Industries targeted for heightened scrutiny fall into two categories:  (1) establishments in certain NAICS Codes which OSHA has identified as having higher rates of exposure; or (2) industries having an elevated illness rate based upon 2020 OSHA illness reporting data.  Many NAICS Codes on the list are related… Read more


Jul 16, 2020

EPA Studying the Effectiveness of Longer-Lasting Disinfectants

Disinfectants

In collaboration with some of the nation’s largest transit authorities, scientists at the EPA are collecting information on longer-lasting disinfectants that could revolutionize how we minimize COVID and COVID-like risks in public spaces.  EPA is working directly with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of North America on evaluating EPA-registered anti-microbial products in the New York City Transit system to determine their ability to provide effective anti-virus protection over time.  EPA will make the results of this research available to help inform decisions on the use of longer-lasting disinfection products, including information on the frequency of use to maintain disinfection capabilities over… Read more