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National Emphasis Program (NEP) for COVID-19 revised, Interim Enforcement Response Plan (IERP) updated, and mask guidance issued

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Enforcement guidance for tree care industry updated

A memorandum updating enforcement guidance for CSHOs when inspecting tree care and tree removal operations provides inspectors with a list of common hazards and applicable standards. Some topics addressed are falls, personal protective equipment (PPE), noise exposure, machine guarding, and first-aid kits. There is not a specific standard for tree care operations, but it is addressed by the General Industry standards and the General Duty Clause.

Late filers of 300A will not be penalized if due to access to the ITA

A May 6, 2021 standard interpretation letter provided new enforcement guidance stating that employers who could not file 300A reports because of issues associated with the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) will not be cited, provided the data was submitted on a timely basis once the ITA became operational.

Public input sought on updating mechanical power presses standard

A Request for Information seeking public input on updates to the mechanical power presses standard was issued July 28. Comments are due by October 26.

New directive focuses on family members of workers killed on the job

An instrumental directive to ensure the agency "communicates its fatality inspection procedures to the victim's family and facilitates the exchange of information throughout the inspection and settlement process" was issued July 7 and updated templates for five agency letters.

State OSHA


The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations adopted the federal ETS that addressed workplace safety in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oregon removed the facial covering and physical distancing requirements of its COVID-19 rules for workplaces with certain exceptions, including health care, public transit, and airports. Other aspects of the rule, including ventilation and notification rules, remain in place.

Heat safety rules

Oregon-OSHA has adopted emergency heat safety rules that apply whenever employees must work when the heat index is 80 degrees or more. Washington state's Department of Labor & Industries filed an emergency outdoor heat exposure rule on July 9 that outlined steps employers must take during extreme heat to protect outdoor workers from heat-related illnesses and injuries. The department has also filed an official notification for permanent rulemaking.

Maryland and Virginia are also reportedly working on permanent heat stress standards.

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