HEROES ACT's Requirement for OSHA Standard of Workplace Protection Against COVID-19

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  • 90 minutes

This webinar is designed to equip employers to get a head start on a likely forthcoming OSHA regulation to protect workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 and related illnesses.Countless people who have suffered job losses, foreclosures, bankruptcies, broken families, serious depression, and other illnesses during the coronavirus lockdown have had their hopes raised by the HEROES Act. The HEROES Act has yet (as of June 1) to pass the Senate, and OSHA has yet to issue any standard, but we do not need to know the exact content of the standard to get a head start on compliance and, more importantly, protect our workers and other stakeholders from contagion and also ensure continuity of operations.

Join this session by expert speaker William Levinson, where he will discuss all the important details about HEROES Act and its applications, Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and especially air handling systems, staggered shifts and staggered meal breaks and other possible ways to get a Head start after the pandemic gets over.

Session Highlights:

This webinar will cover the following topics.

  • Enactment of the HEROES Act will require OSHA to develop a standard for protection of employees against contagious diseases like COVID-19, in which case employers will have to meet these requirements. Employers that get a head start by planning and acting now will be in an excellent position to meet these requirements, and also protect employees and other stakeholders should COVID-19 or anything like it ever return.

  • OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" offers a good starting point.

  • Create a risk register of locations and activities that could expose workers and others to COVID-19, and Involve workers in the planning process. Act to eliminate or mitigate the hazards.

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes respirators and face masks.

  • Telecommuting, distance education, and distance conferencing eliminate costs associated with travel, lodging, commuting, and brick-and-mortar facilities.

Why You Should Attend:

The HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) includes the provision, “Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Labor shall, pursuant to section 6 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 655), promulgate a final standard—(1) to protect employees” who are at occupational risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” also known as COVID-19, “…from occupational exposure to infectious pathogens, including novel pathogens.” The legislation also requires the Department of Labor (OSHA) to develop a temporary standard within 7 days of enactment.

Should the HEROES Act become law, employers will have to comply with these new regulations. Even if it doesn't, we should still protect employees, customers, and other stakeholders from contagion as many workplaces are already doing. It is also necessary to protect continuity of operations by ensuring that, should COVID-19 ever return in either its current form or a mutated one against which any vaccines now in the pipeline will not work, it cannot workplaces to shut down as it did in the first part of 2020.

Researchers have discovered a novel swine flu virus that could conceivably result in an additional pandemic to go with the existing COVID-19 pandemic.

While this disease is believed unlikely to pose a threat comparable to that of COVID-19, its existence underscores the need to prepare for illnesses for which no vaccines are available and to which humans have little resistance. The good news is that all the countermeasures that workplaces take against COVID-19 are likely to be effective against similar threats in the future.

Who Should Attend:

All people with responsibility for reopening businesses in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as people with responsibility for building layouts and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

NOTE: Attendees will receive copies of the slides and accompanying notes, and also a handout with information on respiratory protection (face masks and respirators) including information on experiments performed in 1918 and much more recent experiments on relative effectiveness.

You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

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William Levinson

William Levinson

William A. Levinson, P.E., is the principal of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. He is an ASQ Fellow, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Penn State and Cornell Universities, and night school degrees in business administration and applied statistics from Union College, and he has given presentations at the ASQ World Conference, TOC World 2004, and other national conferences on productivity and quality.

Levinson is also the author of several books on quality, productivity, and management. Henry Ford's Lean Vision is a comprehensive overview of the lean manufacturing and organizational management methods that Ford employed to achieve unprecedented bottom line results, and Beyond the Theory of Constraints describes how Ford's elimination of variation from material transfer and processing times allowed him to come close to running a balanced factory at full capacity. Statistical Process Control for Real-World Applications shows what to do when the process doesn't conform to the traditional bell curve assumption.

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