February 2022 OSHA Quicktakes

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Vaccination and Testing ETS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing:

“I am disappointed in the court’s decision, which is a major setback to the health and safety of workers across the country. OSHA stands by the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard as the best way to protect the nation’s workforce from a deadly virus that is infecting more than 750,000 Americans each day and has taken the lives of nearly a million Americans.

“OSHA promulgated the ETS under clear authority established by Congress to protect workers facing grave danger in the workplace, and COVID is without doubt such a danger. The emergency temporary standard is based on science and data that show the effectiveness of vaccines against the spread of coronavirus and the grave danger faced by unvaccinated workers. The commonsense standards established in the ETS remain critical, especially during the current surge, where unvaccinated people are 15-20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people. OSHA will be evaluating all options to ensure workers are protected from this deadly virus.

“We urge all employers to require workers to get vaccinated or tested weekly to most effectively fight this deadly virus in the workplace. Employers are responsible for the safety of their workers on the job, and OSHA has comprehensive COVID-19 guidance to help them uphold their obligation.

“Regardless of the ultimate outcome of these proceedings, OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers, including under the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and General Duty Clause.”

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US Department of Labor reminds specific employers to submit required 2021 injury, illness data by March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers that the agency began collecting calendar year 2021 Form 300A data on Jan. 2, 2022. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2022.

Electronic submissions are required by establishments with 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.

Visit the Injury Tracking Application Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA for more information and a link to the Injury Tracking Application.

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OSHA Penalty Increases

Below are the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation, that may be assessed after Jan. 15, 2022. (See OSHA Memo, Jan 13, 2022).

2022 Penalty Adjustments
Type of ViolationPenalty
Serious
Other-Than-Serious
Posting Requirements
$14,502 per violation
Failure to Abate$14,502 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated$145,027 per violation

State Plan States

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s.

 

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Maritime Safety

MACOSH is a non-discretionary committee authorized by Section 7(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to provide advice to the Secretary in formulating maritime industry standards and regarding matters pertaining to the administration of the OSH Act related to the maritime industry. The Committee has been in existence since 1995. It was preceded by the Shipyard Employment Standards Advisory Committee (SESAC), which advised OSHA on shipyard issues from 1988 to 1995. MACOSH is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and its implementing regulations (41 CFR 101-6 and 102-3).

MACOSH is comprised of 15 representative members and one Special Agency Liaison (SAL), who is the Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).

The SAL is a non-voting, ex officio member because OWCP oversees the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which protects most waterfront workers. The Secretary appoints one of the 15 representative members to serve as the Committee Chair.

All MACOSH meetings are open to the Public and are announced in the Federal Register. Additional information about Federal Advisory Committees is available in 29 CFR 1912.

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