On June 10th, federal OSHA finally revealed its much anticipated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), but rather than a rule applicable to all industries, OSHA developed a regulation that is narrowly tailored only to certain healthcare settings. For everyone else, federal OSHA simultaneously published significant updates to its workplace COVID-19 guidance that it had originally prepared in January 2021 in response to President Biden’s Day 1 OSHA Executive Order.
The COVID-19 ETS, and its 900+ page Preamble, is a dizzying piece of regulation. While there are lots of generalizations about how it applies only to hospital settings, there are quirks in the Applicability section that could sweep in other employers, including on-site medical clinics at manufacturing plants, COVID-19 testing facilities in otherwise non-healthcare workplaces, and general facilities support at healthcare locations, such as maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry services. And in terms of substantive provisions, the ETS does depart from the COVID-19 landscape we have all grown accustomed to over the past year and a half – the ETS requires creation of new roles, will likely require updates to written prevention plans and training, may require new engineering installations and work on HVAC systems, and will definitely affect record making, recordkeeping, and reporting policies.
Participants in this webinar will learn the following:
• To whom, where, and when does Fed OSHA’s new COVID-19 ETS apply
• What does OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS require and prohibit
• What employers need to know about OSHA’s updated COVID-19 workplace guidance
• The impact of vaccination and verifying vaccination status on both the ETS and OSHA’s guidance
NOTE: We have reached max capacity! If you are unable to enter the webinar, please know that we will send out links to the recording and a copy of the slides afterwards.