It seems no region of California has been spared from wildfires or the threat of wildfires in 2020. The one-two punch of scorching wildfires and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has
Continue Reading Following Intense Fire Season, California Sees Increased Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Litigation

On Nov. 6, 2020, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health agency (Oregon OSHA) announced an emergency temporary standard designed to protect workers in Oregon from exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Continue Reading Oregon Becomes Third State to Adopt COVID-19-Related Workplace Health and Safety Standard

On Oct. 14, 2020, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the agency charged with enforcing workplace safety regulations at Michigan workplaces, adopted an emergency safety and health rule
Continue Reading Michigan Becomes Second State to Adopt COVID-19-Related Workplace Health and Safety Standard

As employers continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, they now face a new set of workforce challenges related to extreme weather and wildfires. Both are creating a challenging remote work environment due to: (1) recent evacuations; and (2) heat exposure risks linked to employees now forced to work in their homes with closed windows (and lack of proper air ventilation). Employers should consider preparing themselves for a further reduced workforce caused by such complications.
Continue Reading California Wildfires Increase Employer Concerns

Just one week after its release on July 24, California has already issued an updated version of its COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, which is intended to offer
Continue Reading Don’t Forget to Check, and Re-Check, the California Reopening Guidelines

On July 15, 2020, Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board (Board), the body that establishes Virginia Occupational Safety and Health regulations and standards, approved workplace safety regulations related to Coronavirus
Continue Reading Virginia Becomes First State to Adopt COVID-19-Related Workplace Health and Safety Standard

Host Michael Taylor, Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s OSHA Group, interviews John Howard, Director at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for episode one of the Work Place Safety
Continue Reading Workplace Safety Review Podcast: Episode 1 | Interview with NIOSH Director John Howard on COVID-19’s Impact on Workplace Safety

On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued another enforcement guidance memorandum regarding recording COVID-19 cases that rescinds the prior guidance and obligates employers to make at least some work-related determinations regarding
Continue Reading OSHA Will Examine If Employers Determined Whether Employee COVID-19 Cases Are Work-Related For Purposes of Recording Workplace Injury and Illnesses