With more than 25 years of experience as an environmental, health and safety consulting to multinational corporations, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety is working hard to remain abreast of the latest information regarding COVID-19. As we battle this pandemic together, we want to ensure our clients and our associates stay informed.
Accordingly, we have found the following sites are providing relevant, up-to-the-minute information on the pandemic:
|OSHA Covid-19 Topic Page||https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/|
|EPA Coronavirus Page||https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus|
|EPA Indoor Air and Coronavirus||https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/indoor-air-and-coronavirus-covid-19|
|CDC Wesbite Coronavirus Page||
CDC Updated Guidelines
|StatsIndiana Coronavirus Page||https://www.stats.indiana.edu/topic/covid19.asp|
|World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus Page||https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019|
|State Environmental Department COVID pages||Agency Links|
|County and City Health Departments||https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory|
While there are no new OSHA regulations specific to the coronavirus, the agency points out that employers should be specifically aware of its existing standards on PPE, bloodborne pathogens, and sanitation, among others. OSHA also suggests that employers consult California’s standards on preventing infectious diseases that can be transmitted by inhaling air. Each of these standards and requirements have potential applicability in dealing with the coronavirus and may provide a “framework to help control some sources of the virus.”
|OSHA Standard||Web Address|
|OSHA General Duty Clause||https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/oshact/section5-duties|
|OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens||https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1030|
|California Aersol Transmissible Disease||https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/OHB/Pages/ATDStd.aspx|
In the OSHA document titled “OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”, the agency gives specific
prevention and control guidance for general workers and those in certain at-risk industries.
OSHA recommends that employers do the following:
Click on the link above for a searchable database of EPA List N Disinfectants. This regularly updated list of products meets EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. If you can't find one of these cleaners, other products also may be effective. The label of most cleaning products will show an “EPA Reg. No.” By entering that number into EPA’s dashboard you can see if human coronavirus is listed as a target pathogen.
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With Cornerstone’s extensive experience analyzing the Industrial hygiene at thousands of manufacturing facilities, we regularly anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and recommend controls for environmental and physical hazards that can affect the health and well-being of our clients’ workers. Today, many facilities are confronting a bigger threat to their workers’ health and safety than the managers feel comfortable facing alone. Our experienced safety professionals can be a trusted partner to understand your business, consolidate the latest knowledge, and create a detailed plan for immediate implementation. Contact us today to get started.
When industrial facilities restart or ramp up production after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic has passed, it will not be completely without risks. Assessing and controlling those risks will be vital. Cornerstone’s safety professionals can be a valuable resource in developing an infectious disease plan and the associated engineering, administrative, and equipment controls to minimize each worker’s exposure.
In some instances, workplace exposure to Coronavirus is a recordable event to OSHA. Cornerstone offers tools that can assist in minimizing the risks associated with COVID-19. Our Incident Management service allows customers to capture information on day-to-day incidents as they occur in real time, including incidents related to COVID-19 employee exposures and diagnoses. Cornerstone’s Incident Management System includes a software application supported by our expert staff. In addition to maintaining the records needed to report to all federal, state and local agencies after an exposure, our system allows the manager to investigate and understand how the incident occurred. Gaining insight into the root cause of each incident is essential to improving performance, mitigating risk for other employees and reducing associated expenses. Our user-friendly interface enables easy access to the status of all reported incidents as well as key performance metrics.