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COVID-19 ETS submitted to OMB for final approval

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Cal/OSHA leader tapped to head federal OSHA

Pres. Biden has nominated Doug Parker for Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, the top job at federal OSHA. He has served as head of Cal/OSHA since the summer of 2019. Under his leadership, the agency developed a Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare, oversaw the development of the Permanent Wildfire Smoke Rule, significantly expanded the definition of repeat violations, and developed Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), considered the toughest in the country. An experienced attorney, Mr. Parker has been an advocate for worker safety throughout his career.

The OSHA Defense Report blog by the law firm Conn Maciel Carey notes, "In addition to the timing of the nomination, which signals the high priority the Biden Administration is placing on OSHA, the selection of Mr. Parker for the role similarly indicates that OSHA will renew a focus on enforcement and rulemaking. Cal/OSHA has always been among the more aggressive, enforcement-heavy State OSH Plans, and Mr. Parker's tenure there was no exception."

The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

GHS alignment: comment period extended on proposed updates to hazcom regs

The comment period on a proposed rule that would update the regulations on hazard communication to align with the seventh version of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has been extended to May 19.

Public meeting on Whistleblower Protection Program

A public meeting is set for May 19 to gather input on improving the Whistleblower Protection Programs. According to a notice published in the April 8 Federal Register, the meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern via telephone. Anyone interested in presenting must register by May 12 - the same deadline to submit comments.

New fact sheets on sharps disposal containers

Two new fact sheets on sharps disposal containers address supply shortages and reducing needlestick injuries for vaccinators and others assisting at COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Counterfeit respirators

Counterfeit 3M respirators are being distributed in healthcare facilities. The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union has created a guide to identify fake masks.

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