NASF Issues OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Update
With the latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) announcement yesterday, many in the surface coatings industry are looking for clarity on rules or guidance for mask wearing, vaccinations and physical distancing in the workplace.
NASF has released an analysis of the CDC announcement from its coalition legal colleagues as follows. An appropriate interpretation is that under this new CDC guidance, employers may permit their fully vaccinated employees to work without a mask or distancing, inside or outside, unless there are mask and distancing requirements in an applicable:
- State OSH Plan emergency temporary standard
- Governor’s executive order
- A state or county health department mask mandate
- A state law, rule or regulation
- A local law, rule, regulation; or
- “Local [i.e., county or municipal] business and workplace guidance.”
Conversely, employers operating in states or counties that continue to have active mask and distancing mandates, or where the locality continues to mandate or recommend masks and distancing in workplaces, should continue to comply with those requirements.
A recent member memo from the The NASF member memo is extensive, and notes that even with this week’s new CDC guidance, the White House is working through 40 different meetings with separate interests and organizations as it reviews federal OSHA’s draft of its Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID in the workplace.
The memo states that it is unclear at this point whether federal OSHA will issue its emergency standard in the coming weeks, but that a broader, more aggressive standard would be difficult to justify now that the CDC revised guidance has been released. recommendation for workplaces is that states: “Our general recommendation Given this uncertainty, NASF notes that coalition counsel Eric Conn of Conn Maciel Carey, LLP suggests that employers wait a little longer to make changes to current mask and distancing policies, and that governors and state and local health departments will be responding to the new guidance in the coming days.
More details are available in the NASF member memo. For more information about the NASF or to become a member, visit nasf.org.
In our first paper this month, featuring the latest work from AESF/NASF Research, the rotating cylinder Hull cell (RCH) was used to study the behavior of a Ni-Mo-W plating bath. Originally published in 1993, this second paper outlines the basic concepts and work behind the development of the RCH cell.
NASF/AESF Foundation Research Project #121: Development of a Sustainability Metrics System and a Technical Solution Method for Sustainable Metal Finishing: 3rd Quarterly Report
This report covers the third quarter of project work (October-December 2020) on this project at Wayne State University in Detroit. The objective is to help metal finishing plants to conduct a self-managed sustainability assessment and identify technical solutions for sustainability performance improvement. The reader is invited to contact Dr. Huang in identifying plating shops willing to participate in this program.
This paper is a peer-reviewed and edited version of a paper delivered at NASF SUR/FIN 2013 in Rosemont, Ill., on June 12, 2013.