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OSHA Issues New Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19

Posted: May 20, 2020
Industries: Construction

OSHA announced an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 ("Updated Plan") that will replace its current Interim Plan in its entirety as of May 26, 2020. As non-essential businesses re-open, OSHA is returning to its inspection planning policy prior to the pandemic in areas where community spread is decreasing, but will continue to prioritize COVID-19 cases. Inspection activities in response to COVID-19-related complaints and employer-reported illnesses will continue on a frequent basis for facilities with high and very high exposure risk jobs such as hospitals, emergency medical centers and emergency response facilities. The Updated Plan notes that OSHA will rely on the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s general duty clause to enforce violations if employers do not comply with COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Please click here for the Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan. A more detailed analysis of the new Interim Plan is also available here.