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NIOSH Chief Warns Against Strict Application Of COVID-19 Guidance

December 29, 2020 at 12:50 PM
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Director John Howard is warning employers against strictly applying guidance NIOSH issued with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reducing workplace COVID-19 infections, saying new research on the virus can render such guides “stale.” During a Dec. 21 webcast interview hosted by the employer law firm Conn Maciel Carey, Howard said federal infection-control guidance “should not be slavishly applied as if it is a specification-oriented regulation or standard.” Rather,...

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