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Understanding OSHA’s COVID-19 National Emphasis Program For Construction Industry

OSHA, as associated with the safety and health of the employees, introduced National Emphasis Program (NEP) considering the effect of COVID-19. Since the spread of pandemics has shown some significant downtime for the construction industry like other businesses, the NEP program is likely to have some impact on the construction process.

Brought into effect on March 12, 2021, the National Emphasis Program is likely to stay in effect for the next 12 months until any actions for the renewal are announced. The program is more of a commitment from OSHA to encourage virus inspections as the program is likely to exercise the General Duty Clause of the Occupation Health and Safety Act on the employers.

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