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Many Questions Remain about CMS and OSHA Vaccine Mandates

On September 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As part of a broad COVID-19 Action Plan released late last week, President Biden announced new vaccine mandates for workers across the country. The plan addresses several topics relevant to aging services, including preparation for the delivery of booster shots if approved and recommended by the FDA and CDC, and efforts to build the supply of rapid COVID tests, but the most prominent aspects of the White House plan relate to mandates.

LeadingAge and Argentum Urge OSHA Not to Make COVID Standards Permanent

On August 25, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

In public comments filed this week, both LeadingAge and Argentum urged the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) not to make the agency's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 a permanent part of the regulatory landscape. The ETS is only effective for six months from its publication date of June 21 unless OSHA acts to make it permanent.

Effective Date for OSHA COVID-19 Standard Is Drawing Near

On July 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry published a notice on July 19 (Page 31) that it has adopted the federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19. With this publication, the ETS is now effective in Minnesota and will remain in effect for up to six months. During that period, MN-OSHA invites comments about the standard, and LeadingAge Minnesota will submit a memo to the agency in the weeks ahead.

Effective Date for OSHA COVID-19 Standard Is Drawing Near for Minnesota Providers

On July 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As members are aware, federal OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) on June 21 to protect health care and health care support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19.

OSHA Issues Temporary Emergency Standard for Healthcare Settings

On June 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on June 10 issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus.

Reporting Employee COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Deaths to OSHA

On February 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

A recent Star Tribune story on Minnesota OSHA inspections raised questions from a few LeadingAge Minnesota members. The story was not specific to health care or to long-term care, but it did note that MNOSHA had fined a nursing home for not reporting that one of its employees had been hospitalized with COVID-19.

OSHA Posting Period Begins February 1

On January 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

This is a reminder that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements to post OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30 of each year.

OSHA Recordkeeping Training Available in October

On September 9, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Maintaining an accurate OSHA log of recordable work-related injuries and illnesses is an important skill that benefits

Free OSHA Recordkeeping Training Available in September, October

On June 30, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Maintaining an accurate OSHA log of recordable work-related injuries and illnesses is an important skill that benefits employers, workers, safety professionals and government agencies. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has announced free introductory-level training seminars about OSHA recordkeeping requirements, including recording COVID-19: 

Update: OSHA Issued New Interim Enforcement Response Plan and Guidance for COVID-19

On May 26, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently issued an updated interim enforcement response plan for dealing with workplace investigations during COVID-19. In addition, OSHA released revised enforcement guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. These two requirements went into effect on May 26 and replace the previous interim enforcement response plan and recordkeeping guidance, respectively, on that date. Finally, OSHA also released an alert on COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Workers.  

Now Available: Free OSHA Consultation Visit

On November 14, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Is your work place safe?  Are you OSHA compliant? Through the free Workplace Safety Consultation service from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their safety management systems and even apply for a safety grant of up to $10,000 to abate safety hazards.  

Notice of Safety Grants for Employers

On October 24, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Workplace Safety Consultation Unit has announced continuation of its safety hazard abatement matching grant program. Employers covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and those approved as self-insured employers, are eligible to apply for safety/health matching grants up to $10,000 to abate safety hazards in their workplace.  

Proposes to Limit Information to be Reported Electronically by Certain Employers

On July 31, 2018 by Guest Contributor

In a proposed rule released for public inspection this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aims to make changes to a 2016 final rule that requires the electronic reporting of work-related injury and illness data.  

Minnesota OSHA Adopts Federal Regulations on Tracking Workforce Injuries, Illnesses

On May 30, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) announced that Minnesota OSHA has adopted the federal regulation requiring employees to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record. All Minnesota employers with 20 or more employees are required to electronically submit their data to federal OSHA by July 1. 

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