Tag Archives: Coronavirus

A World of OSHA Violations

DOL memo stresses certainty of case over deterrence strategy Department of Labor workers, namely OSHA, are being told to stand down when it comes to press releases publicizing citations. Although they've proven effective in improving #workforce #safety & #health, @USDOLDeputy Secretary @PatPizzellaDOL says @OSHA_DOL will no longer publicize #OSHA citations, save for court judgments or […]

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Remotely Troubling

New services for power distribution, augmented reality from Schneider A new service from a global industrial-electric powerhouse may be exciting technology, but it also sheds light on where the industry could be headed in terms of demand for field technicians. Schneider Electric has launched Remote Expertiseä, a new package of services for electrical and power […]

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No-Fly Zone

Airline industry, workforce approaching crisis as travel continues to suffer American Airlines announced this week that it anticipates furloughing almost 20,000 workers by October 1. That would be standout news if it weren’t extremely common for the industry right now. Between voluntary mitigations including scaled-back hours, buyouts, and temporary leaves of absence designed to avoid […]

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Has Precision Winding Found the Airborne Antidote?

Concrete evidence of airborne transmission is disputed. It’s good to see a product from a trusted source. PWI, the Wichita, Ks., manufacturer, says it has developed a virus neutralizing system for use in fighting airborne contaminants aboard commercial aircraft. The device, called Biotek Shield, is designed to be installed in the air conditioning systems of […]

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COVID Via HVAC?

Bombshell report from Bloomberg furthers concerns about airborne transmission A Bloomberg article released Monday was not the first of its kind, but it may become the most-read, due to its insight on how the coronavirus spreads and its questions raised about whether the virus can be contracted through air conditioning systems. "The long-staid world of […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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Straighten It Out

Fact-checkers clarify false claim against OSHA saying masks “don’t work” Seas of misinformation are rough to navigate; an inconvenience multiplied tenfold in a climate of crisis that also happens to fall in an election year. It behooves all of us, therefore, to try and get things right. We’d like to spotlight a a recent defense […]

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Poster’s Child

OSHA’s continued effort to fight COVID-19? A multilingual poster OSHA’s “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster (pictured below), mentioned in a previous edition of Direct & Current, is now available in 13 languages. In addition to English, the poster is being disseminated in Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, […]

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OSHA Revisions for Reopening

Adoption of revised enforcement policies designed to ensure protective environment The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection […]

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McCormick Place Debate

Alternate care facility shutting down, leading to questions of necessity Big news from EA‘s local front. McCormick Place, Chicago’s prized convention center and one of the largest in the world, had been used as an emergency hospital over the past month but is now being deconstructed to its original layout. The converted building was housing […]

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