Top 10 Workplace Safety Articles of 2020
These 10 health and workplace safety articles from our Connection newsletters generated a lot of interest in 2020. It’s no surprise that COVID dominates the list with 7 of the top-10 most-read posts. We do our best to keep you up-to-date on new rules, tools and tips that can help keep your workplace safe and in compliance. These articles make good reading as you plan for 2021.
1. Lessons Learned: Frequently Cited Standards Related to COVID-19 Inspections
This pdf document from OSHA lists examples of requirements that employers have most frequently failed to follow when receiving COVID-19 citations. Download it here.
2. OSHA Employer Alerts on COVID-19
Federal OSHA continues to monitor the Coronavirus pandemic situation and issue COVID-19 updates for employers. Here’s a rundown of OSHA COVID-19 alerts, news and updates.
3. CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine appropriate control measures to implement. Learn More.
4. OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
OSHA prepared a document to help employers prepare for the pandemic. The document contains recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards to help employers and workers identify workplace risk levels and determine appropriate control measures.
5. New OSHA COVID-19 FAQs – and Fines
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, OSHA has released new COVID-19 FAQs for employers, as well as information on COVID citations and fines.
6. CDC Resuming Business Toolkit
The Resuming Business Toolkit is designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19  and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings. Get the kit here.
7. Construction Safety Practices for COVID-19
To protect employees – and deadlines – construction companies and workers must follow construction safety practices for COVID-19. This summary covers key topics.
Regardless of what new strains develop, encouraging workers and customers to take simple precautions can help stop the disease from spreading.
8. Causes and Costs of the Top 10 Disabling Workplace Injuries
The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index documents the top ten causes of the most serious workplace injuries – those causing an employee to miss five or more days from work. It then ranks them by their direct cost to employers, considering medical and lost-wage payments.
9. The 10 Highest OSHA Fines of 2019
Federal OSHA issued some hefty fines in 2019. The top fine was more than $1.7 million, and the top 10 fines together totaled more than $9.7 million. Add the next five highest fines and the total jumps to more than $12 million. The number of fines seem to be on the rise.
10. OSHA Actions in First Quarter of 2020: Fines, Prison, Contempt and Retaliation Charges
Federal OSHA fines from January to March 2020 totaled $5,869,983. OSHA inspections resulted in 22 significant fines (over $100,000) in that period, as well as a 30-day prison sentence and a contempt charge.
None of us ever thought we’d look back fondly to the days of news about OSHA violation lists, drug testing and new safety glove guidelines. But as we review these 2020 workplace safety articles there’s one thing we can count on: New workplace safety challenges in 2021.