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COVID-19 National Emphasis Plan

COVID-19 National Emphasis Plan  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to help fight the ongoing pandemic.  A NEP comes into play when OSHA identifies specific hazards and high-hazard industries that require a focus of their resources. For this NEP, OSHA plans to use a three-step approach aimed at reducing worker exposure to COVID-19:  Targeted on-site inspections Employer outreach Compliance assistance One of the main factors leading to this NEP was the need to performs on-site inspections again when necessary. During this NEP, OSHA plans to complete 1,600 inspections; the majority will be conducted in the general industry sector.  The main goal of these inspections is to identify and eliminate any COVID-19 hazards. Those workplaces that have had COVID-19 violations, cases, or deaths are likely to receive follow-up inspections to further eliminate these hazards.  For employer outreach, OSHA will distribute newsletter/releas

Workers Memorial Day 2021

Workers Memorial Day 2021  Each year on April 28th, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) recognizes Workers Memorial Day in honor of those who lost their lives in the workplace.  2021’s celebration marks the 50th year of OSHA and their mission has not changed since 1971. OSHA has fought since its existence to provide workers with safety and ultimately, a voice. With the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA worked tirelessly to assure all workers had a voice in how they would feel safe in their work environment and that employers took all the steps towards ensuring workers safety.  This year, OSHA plans to celebrate and celebrate all workers who have put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA will hold events around the country; starting on Sunday, April 25th, and running through Saturday, May 1st. Please join us and OSHA in remembering those who have lost their lives in the workplace and those who put their lives on the line every day in these unprecedented times. V

Live Well, Work Well

Alcohol Awareness Month Alcohol Awareness Month takes place each April to help those who are battling an alcohol addiction, as well as those who are recovering from one. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have been forced inside one way or another. For those who are battling addiction, staying inside could very well enhance their addiction or cause relapse. During April, Integrity HRM wants our employees or whoever may need a helping hand to know that we are here for them to aid in whatever way possible. Alcohol sales have grown 30% in the last year, which leads to many people knowingly or unknowingly abusing alcohol. Here are warning signs to keep in my mind if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one possibly misusing alcohol: Feeling irritable or experiencing mood swings Having poor coordination Showing signs of slurred speech Experiencing blackouts or short-term memory loss Isolating from friends and family Failing to complete responsibilities and obligations at home or work

American Rescue Plan Act RESETS hours for Paid Sick Leave

As some of you may know, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was passed last month. Previously we thought that the paid sick leave was just continued. In fact, the time was reset effective 4/1. Anyone who uses time after April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 will have 80 hours to use, regardless of whether or not they used the previous 80 hours that was available from March 2020 through March 2021. In addition, they have added some reasons to use the paid sick leave: The worker is getting a COVID-19 vaccine The employee is recovering from complications due to receiving the vaccine The worker is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or diagnosis for coronavirus Please read the attached article from Society for Human Resource Management for more details here . For additional clarification from JDSupra you can click here .