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Racing toward a standard: How Virginia, Oregon, and Washington are moving to regulate workplace hazards of COVID-19

USA - July 23 2020 Individual states’ safety agencies have undertaken the development of their own workplace safety rules in response to potential hazards from COVID-19...

Benjamin H. Patton, Jennifer A. Smokelin, Randa M. Lewis, Brian J. Kay, Veronica A. Miclot.

Fifth Circuit upholds OSHA’s interpretation of PSM standard

USA - July 22 2020 On July 9, 2020, the Fifth Circuit held that the mechanical integrity requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...

Benjamin H. Patton, Grace Hearn.

Appeals court rejects AFL-CIO suit seeking to compel OSHA to issue COVID-19 emergency temporary standard

USA - June 12 2020 On May 18, the AFL-CIO filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to compel the...

Benjamin H. Patton, Jennifer A. Smokelin, Daniella D. Landers.

Union sues OSHA for failure to issue COVID-19 standard and the agency responds

USA - June 3 2020 On May 18, 2020, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (the AFL-CIO) filed a petition against the U.S...

Benjamin H. Patton, Grace Hearn.

Keeping it Clean: OSHA, CDC, and state-agency guidance explains how employers can help stop spread of COVID-19

USA - May 21 2020 Many businesses are reopening their doors as states lift closure orders. While a plan to reopen will look different for each company, all employers...

Benjamin H. Patton, Jennifer A. Smokelin, Randa M. Lewis.