On June 21, 2021, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard to protect workers in healthcare settings from occupational exposure to COVID-19. The Emergency Temporary Standard – which also served as a proposed rule – focused on healthcare workers most likely to have contact with people infected with the virus.
The agency is reopening the rulemaking record to allow for new data and comments on topics, including the following:
As OSHA works towards a permanent regulatory solution, employers must continue to comply with their obligations under the General Duty Clause, Personal Protective Equipment and Respiratory Protection Standards, as well as other applicable OSHA standards to protect their employees against the hazard of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Written comments must be submitted online at https://www.regulations.gov/, identified by Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004, by April 22.
Individuals interested in testifying at the hearing must submit their notice of intention to appear no later than 14 days after the publication of the Federal Register Notice. The hearing will begin on April 27, and will take place online. If necessary, the hearing will continue on subsequent days.