OSHA Initiates Enforcement Program on Form 300A Submissions

On April 5, OSHA announced it was initiating an enforcement program to identify “employers who failed to submit Form 300A data through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application.” The program will match newly opened inspections against a list of potential entities that did not submit their required Form 300A data and report any matches to the…

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OSHA Officially Withdraws ETS

On January 25, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard following the Supreme Court issuing its stay of the rule. The ETS therefore will not go into effect.

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OSHA ETS Stayed by Supreme Court

On January 13, the Supreme Court stayed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, halting implementation of the rule nationwide. The  6-3 decision temporarily stays the rule pending the outcome of a decision on the merits by the Sixth Circuit and any subsequent petition for review of that…

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. The ETS applies to private sector employers with 100 or more employees throughout their company. The ETS requires employers to: develop, implement, and enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies or vaccination-or-testing policies; determine and keep a roster of…

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OSHA Announces Enforcement, Rulemaking on Heat-Related Hazards

On September 20, OSHA announced its new enforcement initiative to combat the hazards associated with extreme heat exposure both indoors and outdoors. OSHA is also developing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections targeting high-risk industries and launching a rulemaking process to develop a workplace heat standard. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and…

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Biden Issues Executive Order Calling for Second COVID-19 ETS

On September 9, President Biden announced his six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. This included a significant escalation of his efforts to get the eligible population vaccinated against the virus. One piece of this plan includes a new emergency temporary standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will require employers with…

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OSHA Issues Guidance on How to Protect Unvaccinated Workers

On August 13, OSHA announced updated guidance for employers on how to best protect their unvaccinated workers. The guidance: Recommends that fully vaccinated workers in areas of substantial or high community transmission wear masks in order to protect unvaccinated workers; Recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people with coronavirus wear masks…

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OSHA Issues ETS for Healthcare Industry, Updates General Guidance

On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ETS specifically targets the healthcare industry and the high exposure rates associated with those occupations. This includes “employees in hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities; emergency responders; home health care workers; and employees in ambulatory…

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OSHA FAQ on Recording Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine

On Friday, May 21, OSHA altered its FAQ on recording requirements related to adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination. OSHA explains that the agency “does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts.” Therefore, the agency will not require employers…

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