COVID-19

CDMCS thanks 3M’s Shari Franklin Smith, CIH, CSP and Jessica Hauge CIH, CSP for sharing with CDMCS members 3M’s suite of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).  Their recent presentation covered an in-depth comparison between respirators and masks, new hearing protection and communication headsets for social distancing, protective eyewear, decontamination methods for respirators and other critical PPE, […]

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Like other sectors of the maritime industry, dredging is considered “essential” by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the division of the Department of Homeland Security tasked with identifying critical infrastructure and essential workers during the response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. That means, even during the fight to slow […]

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April 16, 2020 — In light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, OSHA understands that some employers may face difficulties complying with OSHA standards due to the ongoing health emergency.  Widespread business closures, restrictions on travel, limitations on group sizes, facility visitor prohibitions, and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place requirements may limit the availability of employees, […]

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On April 10, OSHA issued interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904 with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This guidance will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice. This guidance is intended […]

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On April 3 OSHA issued interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR § 1910.134, and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Specifically, it outlines enforcement discretion to permit the extended use and reuse of respirators, as […]

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