Monthly Archives: October 2020

#D.I.Y. Responding to COVID-19 Related OSHA Inquiries: Caution Required

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing inquiry letters based on complaints filed concerning workplace safety concerns relating to COVID-19.   In the letter, OSHA advises the employer that it will not conduct an on-site inspection, but invites the employer to immediately investigate, respond to the allegations of violations and/or hazards, and advise OSHA of its findings.  Many employers respond to the innocuous “invitation,” and do so without understanding their OSHA obligations or the potential fines and possible debarment from federal contracts which can result from its response.