Updated Airborne Transmission Guidance from the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force

On April 5, 2021, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force released the following statement: “Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is significant and should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.” This statement is an update from the previous understanding that airborne transmission was “sufficiently likely”…. [Read More]

How Rivanna Authorities Implemented Affordable Engineering Controls That Improved Worker Safety and Eliminated Enrollment in a Costly OSHA Program

Rivanna Authorities handles the water, sewer, and solid waste management for the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Project Highlights Client: Rivanna Authorities Application: The client needed help getting in compliance with the OSHA Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). Challenge: Full implementation of such a program is an annual expenditure that can be quite costly, challenging… [Read More]

Changes to Inspection Practices for Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Department of Labor is updating their practices for inspections of workplace injuries and illnesses. The Site-Specific Targeting Directive will now look at the employer-submitted Form 300A for the three previous years. Reviewing data collected over three years can help identify patterns that lead to illness and injuries. These changes can also allow for… [Read More]

Remembering Dr. Jan Thomas, CSP

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Dr. Jan Thomas, CSP, a long-time friend and business associate on the weekend of August 14, 2020. Her sudden passing has been a shock to me and all who knew her. The first time I met Jan, she was a Virginia OSHA inspector inspecting… [Read More]

Statewide Emergency Workplace Safety Standards

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board held a series of emergency meetings to create a Statewide Emergency Workplace Safety Standards. Circle Safety’s Managing Director Anna Jolly is a board member and helped develop these guidelines for safer workplaces. These measures have been adopted by Governor Ralph Northam and can found on the Department of… [Read More]

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