OSHA COVID-19 Violations Pass the $3-Million Mark
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 12, 2020, OSHA has issued 232 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $3,148,452.
OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:
- Implement a written respiratory protection program;
- Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment;
- Report an injury, illness, or fatality;
- Record an injury or illness on OSHA recordkeeping forms; and
- Comply with the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
OSHA has already announced citations relating to the coronavirus arising out of 203 inspections, which can be found at dol.gov/newsroom.
In addition to those inspections, 29 inspections have resulted in coronavirus-related citations totaling $296,919 from OSHA relating to one or more of the above violations from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12, 2020.