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KPA’s mission is to help organizations maintain a safe and healthy workplace. We specialize in creating safer work environments for employees and the communities in which they work and live.

Months into the pandemic, it’s all easy to become complacent, but it’s important to stay vigilant against COVID-19 fatigue—the health and safety of your employees, customers, and business depend on it. KPA is committed to helping you through the “new normal” of business operations. We will continue to share our expertise to keep your workforce healthy and ensure you remain compliant with shifting regulations. Check back often for updates.

Return To Work Safely

You have the power to prevent transmission of the coronavirus in your workplace. And you have the responsibility to keep your workforce safe, healthy, and informed about the disease. You can help keep case numbers down—not only for the sake of your team and community, but to mitigate the many associated operational, regulatory, and legal risks. KPA has developed the Return To Work Safely webinar series in order to help businesses navigate how to return to operations safely in order to protect workers and customers.

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Latest KPA Posts on COVID-19

OSHA’s COVID-19 Workplace Vaccine, Testing Standard: Dates & Details

Updated January 14 - The Supreme Court has blocked OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard that would have required businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or wearing masks and undergoing weekly testing. How does this impact your business? Read the latest.
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What FDA Approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Means for Employers

For employers considering vaccine mandates, the FDA’s approval of Comirnaty provides a legal and regulatory path for mandates to help decrease COVID-19 spread.
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Navigating CDC's Latest Guidance on Vaccines, Masks, and More

The CDC has updated its COVID-19 guidelines several times over the last few weeks. Don't know what to do? We'll talk you through what to consider.
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Is Your Hazard Communication OSHA-Ready? Find Out If Your Program Stacks Up

Don’t let your people or your organization become statistics in 2020. It’s time to see whether your hazard communication protocols meet OSHA’s standards.
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OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Gets a COVID-19 Update

OSHA’s COVID-19 National Emphasis Program puts a focus on whistleblower protections. Learn how to protect your business from employee complaints and OSHA inspections.
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Latest COVID Relief Package: What Businesses Need to Know

Updated 9/8/21: With $1.9 trillion, there is a lot of relief on the way for businesses and workers. It's important to know what the final package includes and what action businesses should take next.
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OSHA Publishes COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

OSHA published a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) to reduce or eliminate workers' exposure in high-hazard industries. The NEP covers guidance on inspections and retaliation protections.
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What Would a Federal COVID-19 Standard Look Like?

Joe Souza, wrote about what happens if OSHA decides there's a need for an emergency workplace regulation.
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California’s COVID-19 Standard Offer Clues for a National One

Joe Souza, KPA’s District Manager based in California, explains how increased OSHA COVID-19 enforcement has affected businesses he works with.
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COVID-19 Vaccines and Your Workforce: What You Need to Know

Now that vaccines are becoming available, employers must decide what their role is as employees return to work. Let's take a look at some of the things you need to consider when it comes to COVID-19 and your workforce.
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COVID-19 Training and Your Workforce: New Research Unlocks Important Insights

A recent survey shows nearly 25% of workers claim that their places of employment aren’t taking the necessary steps to address the virus. Dive into the data.
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Biden's Proposed OSHA COVID-19 Standard – What You Need to Know

January 21st, 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order directing OSHA to consider emergency temporary standards related to COVID-19. So, what would a nationwide virus-specific rule mean to employers?
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Preventing COVID-Related Workplace Violence: Tips from the CDC

Keep your employees safe by following the CDC’s tips for limiting workplace violence associated with COVID-19 prevention policies.
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Tips for Overcoming COVID Fatigue

As the world experiences COVID fatigue, how can health and safety advocates help people understand the coronavirus is still a real hazard? We dug up some answers.
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Quiz: Are You at Risk of an OSHA COVID Violation?

OSHA is going after more and more businesses for coronavirus-related violations. Stay COVID-safe and off of the regulatory radar with this quick quiz.
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Reviewing California’s COVID-19 Regulations

California is one of the states at the forefront of proactively developing regulations to address the pandemic. Regardless of where you operate, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on California regulations, as they often influence regulations across the country. With that in mind, here’s the latest on COVID-19 regulations in place or coming soon in California.
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Interactive US Maps: COVID Workplace Safety Requirements by State

KPA and Fisher Phillips have created maps outlining the various state COVID-19 workplace restrictions across the US. Learn what’s required in your state.
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States that Require COVID-19 Training

Most states require or recommend employers train their employees about COVID safety. But the scope varies from state to state. Check out the interactive map.
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States that Require a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

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States that Require Face Coverings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Every state recommends people wear face coverings when possible. But many states require more stringent mask use to stop the spread of coronavirus. See what your state requires or recommends with this interactive map.
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OSHA Guidance: Optimize Ventilation to Reduce COVID-19

OSHA has released new COVID-19 guidance on ventilation in the workplace. Learn how to optimize your ventilation to reduce coronavirus spread.
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Can Employers Require Flu Shots? Government Agencies Weigh In

As employers review their policies and ask themselves whether they can require vaccinations (for the flu or COVID-19) there are several points to consider.
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COVID-19 Response in the US: How Does Your State Rank?

A new report from the NSC’s Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER) task force shows which states succeeded and faltered in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 in the Workplace: 10 Safety, Health, and Compliance Strategies

Protect your employees and your organization from COVID-19 risks with these 10 practical strategies from KPA’s EHS and compliance experts.
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Tips for Communicating Clearly When Wearing a COVID-19 Mask

It’s hard to communicate and build trust while wearing a COVID-19 prevention mask or face covering. Luckily, there are several ways to overcome this challenge.
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COVID-19 in the Workplace Can Erode Customer and Employee Trust

Are you controlling your coronavirus risks? A positive COVID-19 case in your workforce can damage employee morale, productivity, your reputation, and much more.
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COVID-19 Risks Employers Need to Be Aware of: From OSHA to Lawsuits

COVID-19 is more than a health & safety risk. It also can pose painful legal and financial consequences such as regulatory enforcement and employee litigation.
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Face Coverings and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Some people have disabilities or medical reasons for not complying with a face covering policy. Learn how to provide reasonable accommodations under the ADA.
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Manufacturers: Put 2020 Aside for a Moment to Optimize Efficiency and Safety for 2021

It’s hard for manufacturers to maintain the supply chain and operate at full capacity in 2020. But we also need to keep one eye on what’s to come in 2021 and beyond.
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FYI: The Cleaning Chemicals You’re Using Can Pose Spill Risks

Cleaning chemicals in the workplace can cause spills, slips and falls, and accidental exposure to toxic substances. Time to update your spill response plan.
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How To Develop a Face Covering Policy

Are your employees wearing their masks properly and consistently? Learn how to develop and implement a safe and compliant workplace face covering policy.
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Here Come the COVID-19 Lawsuits

A surge of COVID-19-related employment lawsuits allege companies failed to keep workers safe, used the pandemic as pretext for discrimination, and more.
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Ask The Expert: Employees Who Refuse to Return to Work

Q: If we’ve had employees refuse to return to work, what should we do about their unemployment?
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COVID-19 Health and Safety Consulting: What to Expect

A workplace health and safety consultant will help you keep up with changing regulations and work to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections among your workforce.
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Remember: COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Health and Safety Risk Out There

While many employers are concerned about COVID-19 right now, its existence doesn’t negate the risks of falls, spills, accidents, and other common hazards.
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Virginia’s COVID-19 Safety Rules Are Now in Effect

Virginia is the first state in the nation to adopt statewide COVID-19 workplace safety standards. Learn what the rules entail and how to ensure compliance.
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How Is COVID-19 Changing the P&C Insurance Industry?

How will big losses play out in policies, pricing, & claims? What kind of legal challenges will employers face? Read how COVID-19 is impacting P&C insurance.
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Should we inform customers if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?

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New Virginia COVID-19 Safety Rules - Are They a Model for Other States?

Virginia became the first state to adopt COVID-19 safety standards. No matter where you are, get ahead of these, as any state could announce similar rules.
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The Latest COVID-19 Disruption: Surging Demand for Used Cars

During COVID-19, used cars are where it’s at. The latest disruption the pandemic has hurled at the auto industry is a renewed interest in used vehicles.
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The 6 OSHA Standards that Apply to COVID-19

To help employers protect their workers and stay out of trouble, OSHA has outlined 6 federal health and safety standards that apply to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Buckle Up: COVID-19 Is Going to Be a Long Ride

Now is not the time to loosen restrictions or take a more relaxed approach to COVID-19. To keep people safe, employers need to buckle up for a long, bumpy ride.
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How to Help Employees Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety

 Anxiety is a rational response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can—and you should—help your employees manage their stress levels. Here’s how.
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Dealers Are Becoming More Efficient in the COVID-19 Era

According to a recent NADA study, auto dealers are becoming more resilient and efficient in the COVID-19 era by transitioning to online sales.
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Ask the Expert: Re-Onboarding Employees

Q: If we haven’t had an onboarding process for our employees until this point, do we need to go back and “re-onboard” people?
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What Is the FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule and How Does It Apply to Remote Sales at Your Dealership?

Selling a vehicle over the internet? Be aware of the Federal Trade Commission’s Cooling-Off Rule, which gives buyers 3 days to cancel, among other things.
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8 Ways to Avoid Heat Illness—While Preventing COVID-19 Infections

Here are some practical ways to plan for and prevent heat-related illnesses—while continuing to fight against COVID-19 infection in the workplace.
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Workplace Retaliation in the COVID-19 Era

Think carefully before you take action against an employee for speaking up about workplace health and safety concerns.
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Recalling Furloughed & Laid-Off Employees: Legal Considerations

There are important distinctions between furloughed and laid-off employees, and legal considerations for asking either to return to work post-COVID outbreak.
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Are Your New Cleaning Chemicals in Your SDS Library?

Your Safety Data Sheet library needs to be updated whenever new chemicals are introduced. That includes any cleaning products you’re using to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Industrial COVID-19 Outbreaks: Aftermath for Food Processor

As the world returns to work, more than a few workers are contracting COVID-19. And in most cases, there’s an employer at the center who could have done better.
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Renewal in the Time of COVID

The first round of policy renewals post-coronavirus outbreak is rapidly approaching. Here are a few questions every insurance broker should consider right now.
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7 Social Distancing Tips for Employers and Employees

From redesigning workspaces to limiting visitors, here are 7 tips for ensuring social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 at your organization.
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What to Do If You Suspect an Employee Has COVID-19

What should you do if you think an employee might be sick with COVID-19? Here’s how to take care of the person, protect others, and minimize further infection.
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4 Ways EHS Software Will Help Your Company in a Post-COVID World

From training employees remotely to going paperless, here are 4 ways environment, health, & safety (EHS) software can help you navigate the post-COVID world.
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Your COVID-19 Response Team: Who, What, Why, and How

A COVID-19 response team protects your people and bottom line by ensuring proper and OSHA-compliant environment, health, safety practices.
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One Way to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission: Open a Window

The coronavirus doesn’t hang around as long in well-ventilated areas. According to a new study, fresh air and sunlight can reduce the spread of the virus that’s currently holding us all hostage.
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How California Auto Dealers Can Get Back to Work: Cal/OSHA & CDPH Guidelines

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Return to Work Safely Program Helps Businesses Reopen Safely

May 11, 2020 - KPA released the Return to Work Program to help businesses reopen safely and establish a new normal following the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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Pop Quiz: Chemical Spills and Leaks

Do you know how to effectively prevent spills, leaks, and other forms of toxic chemical exposure? Find out by taking KPA’s Chemical Spills and Leaks Pop Quiz.
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COVID-19 Has Changed Some Rules Around Expired Driver’s Licenses, Form I-9, and E-Verify

During the coronavirus crisis, some states are extending expiration of driver’s licenses, and those licenses may be used as List B documents for Form I-9.
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Quiz: Should You Clean or Disinfect That?

Do you know how to clean and disinfect surfaces the CDC way? Test your Coronavirus-busting knowledge with this quiz from KPA.
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What is the OSHA General Duty Clause?

Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, employers have an obligation to protect their employees from serious hazards—even ifthe hazard is unusual or unprecedented.
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The Hierarchy of Controls Is the Best Defense We Have Against COVID-19

A hierarchy of controls is an approach to environmental safety that structures protective measures into 5 stages, in order of most to least effective.
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Yes, You’re Allowed to Take Employees’ Temperatures, But You May Have to Pay Them for It

The EEOC allows you to measure your employees’ temperatures during the COVID-19 pandemic, but you need to be careful about how you do it.
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Auto Dealers: Essential Businesses or Not?

Federal guidelines say that automotive dealerships are essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to keep your employees safe and stay profitable.
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Are Employee Coronavirus Cases OSHA Recordable Illnesses? Here’s What the Agency Has to Say

How do you report an employee’s illness to OSHA when you can’t confirm it’s COVID-19? New enforcement guidance seeks to clarify for employers.
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Working from Home? Take a Stretch Break, Then Read These Ergonomics Tips

Many workplaces are designed with ergonomics in mind. Your home office (or my kitchen table), not so much. Read these ergonomic tips to keep your body healthy and happy while working from home.
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How To Disinfect and Use Cleaning Chemicals Safely

Do you know how to keep people safe from COVID-19 infection? Here are 5 best practices for disinfecting surfaces effectively and using cleaning chemicals safely.
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Coronavirus Safety Tips for Dealerships

In a broadcast interview, KPA talked to CBT Automotive Network about how dealerships can keep their employees and customers safe during COVID-19.
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More FAQs About the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

From tax credits to the Emergency FMLA, here are a few key facts employers should know about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
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What Employers Need To Know About States' Regulatory Changes for COVID-19

[Last Updated 5/4/2020] We've revamped all of our state information to make way for what employers need to know and plan for states' regulatory changes for reopening.
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Remote Work Policy Dos and Don’ts

A remote work policy can save lives—and save your company tens of thousands per month. Here are a few tips for developing a smart work-from-home policy in 2020.
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Bay Area Counties Announce New Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Rules to Allow for Online Vehicle Sales

On March 31, 2020, 6 counties and 1 city announced stricter stay home orders but the new language allows for the online sales of vehicles.
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Keep Your Truck Drivers Safe Under the FMCSA’s COVID-19 Hours-of-Service Rules

The FMCSA has changed HOS rules to support truck drivers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Here’s how to keep your fleet safe and operating smoothly.
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COVID-19 Emergency Loans for Small Businesses: What You Need to Know

Don’t let your business become a casualty of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). If you’re having trouble making payroll, you’re likely eligible for financial aid.
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Federal COVID-19 Regulatory Updates

[Updated 4/27/21] KPA breaks down COVID-19 related federal regulations, including a tax deadline extension, and more.
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How to Prevent Coronavirus Infection in the Workplace: Best Practices

The coronavirus may be novel but infectious diseases are nothing new. Many of the same methods used to control other infections can stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Use This List of COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

[Updated 3/31] We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful coronavirus resources we could find to help you navigate this public health crisis.
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How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Employers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak through an emergency expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and a new federal paid sick leave law.
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Coronavirus Clean-up Pop Quiz

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How Employers Can Manage Coronavirus Anxiety and Safety

In the face of a pandemic, coronavirus anxiety has steadily increased in the U.S. We have safety and human resources (HR) guidance to help employers manage the anxiety and risk at work.
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Preparing Your Company for Coronavirus Might Mean Embracing Remote Work

Ahead of a potential global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now’s the time to plan ahead and take “an opportunity to reimagine work” with remote systems.
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