Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plays a large role in regulating, monitoring, educating, and investigating America's workplaces. As such, the coalition closely monitors OSHA and its efforts.

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

November 5, 2021

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

September 20, 2021

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

September 9, 2021

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

August 13, 2021

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

June 10, 2021

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

May 24, 2021

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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OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program on COVID-19

March 13, 2021

On March 12, 2021, OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program “focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus.” The program also “prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.”…

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OSHA Issues New Workplace COVID-19 Safety Guidance

January 30, 2021

On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued new workplace safety guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As OSHA explained in their press release, “This guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and…

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Ventilation

November 9, 2020

On November 4, OSHA issued new guidance on ventilation in the workplace. OSHA recommends, “Employers should work with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional to consider steps to optimize building ventilation.” The guidance provides several tips on how employers can help reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19.

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OSHA Issues New FAQ on Use of N95 Respirators Against Coronavirus

October 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. – On October 19, OSHA issued a new frequently asked question (FAQ) on “how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coronavirus exposure. The FAQ was issued in response to incorrect claims that the respirators do not adequately protect individuals from the virus.   OSHA explains that the masks use a combination of factors, including mechanical filtration and…

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