Quarterly Update on Compliance Assistance Resources: FY 2021 Q1

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FY 2021 Q1 [Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2020]  A quarterly report on new resources from OSHA and others.

New Safety and Health Compliance Assistance Resources

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OSHA recently revamped and continues to update its COVID-19 webpage with guidance for employers and workers. Resources issued between October and January 2020 include: 

COVID-19 Resources

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Other COVID-19 resources:

  • Department of Labor webpage with guidance from OSHA and other DOL agencies
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) webpage provides COVID-19 resources for the protection of workers
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage (see, in particular, section for Businesses and Workplaces)
  • CPWR- The Center for Construction Research and Training continues to update its COVID-19 Clearinghouse, a repository of guidance, tools, and resources for construction employers and workers. Recent additions include an Exposure Control Planning Tool and three new infographics.
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Back to Work Safely webpage provides industry-specific guidance on safely reopening
  • National Safety Council (NSC) SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns provides guidance for returning to traditional work environments

OSHA Resources

OSHA issued the following non-COVID-19 related resources from October 1 to December 31, 2020.  For a complete listing of new OSHA resources, see OSHA’s New Compliance Assistance Products webpage.  


Alert: Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Portable Generators

OSHA issued new Alert addressing safe work practices for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning when using a portable generator.

Safe + Sound End-of-Year Infographic

1.9 million workers from 3,452 businesses participated in Safe + Sound Week 2020. 68,590 participants regularly received safety and health messages via the listserv. The end-of-year infographic is available here.

Safe + Sound End of Year Infographic

Alliance Program Materials


OSHA's Alliance Program participants did not issue new products from October 1 to December 31, 2020. For a complete listing of Alliance products, see the Alliance Program Participant Developed Products webpage.  Alliance products do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.

NIOSH Resources


NIOSH FACE Reports and Products

The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program conducts investigations on workplace fatalities to identify the factors that contributed to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar incidents.  The following are selected NIOSH FACE Program reports and products issued from October 1 to December 31, 2020.  See the NIOSH FACE website for all the latest reports.

Construction Reports and Products

Other FACE Reports and Products:

NIOSH Science Blog Posts

The following are selected NIOSH Science Blog entries posted from October 1 to December 31, 2020.  See the NIOSH Science Blog website to see more entries.

Additional Resources

Substance Abuse Cost Calculator

The National Safety Council has updated its substance abuse cost calculator, a free tool that helps employers understand how substance misuse impacts their bottom lines and estimates potential savings of helping employees obtain treatment for substance use disorders. 

NSC Calculator


Working Safely with Nanomaterials

CPWR- The Center for Construction Research and Training has produced new resources to protect workers working with nanomaterials. They include an infographic [English, Spanish] and two new toolbox talks: Airborne Exposures When Working with Nano-Enabled Concrete [English, Spanish] and Right to Know About Chemical Hazards: Nanomaterials [English, Spanish].


Harwood Grants

The following new materials developed by grantees under OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program were posted on the OSHA website from October 1 to December 31, 2020. See the OSHA website for a complete list of a materials developed by Harwood grantees. These materials do not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA.

Construction Industry

  • Electrical Hazards: The State Building Construction Trade Council developed  training materials in English and Spanish focused on unsafe electrical equipment and installations, unsafe environments, and unsafe work practices.
  • Confined Space: The University of Texas- El Paso developed confined space training materials in English and Spanish aimed at residential and commercial construction workers.

Trenching and Excavation

  • Wayne State University developed trenching and excavation hazard training materials in English and Spanish targeting operating engineers, construction and pipe laborers, and other construction tradesmen, including limited English speaking workers.

Chemical Hazards

  • The Migrant Clinicians Network updated chemical hazard/hazard communication training materials for clinical health workers in English and Spanish.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

  • William Rainey Harper College updated training materials on preventing slips, trips and falls in general industry. The materials target small businesses and hard-to-reach worker populations, including those with limited English proficiency, low literacy, and hearing impairments.

Workplace Violence

  • The Work Environment Council of New Jersey updated training materials on preventing workplace violence, hazard mapping, and establishing effective safety and health committees. The training targets employers and employees including youth and hard-to-reach workers at small and new businesses in high-hazard industries. 

General Industry Training

  • The Western North Carolina Workers Center updated train-the-trainer materials for providing workplace safety and health training to workers in poultry and general industry.