The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new Directives that establishes inspection procedures and enforcement policies for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS),
In response to the Presidential Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, OSHA determined additional measures could be taken to prevent occupational exposures to SARSCoV-2 and COVID-19, and issued an ETS to protect health care workers from occupational exposure. (The ETS was published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021.)
During the period of the ETS, covered health care employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. As part of their COVID-19 plan, these employers must address and implement various requirements to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in their workplaces, including patient and non-employee screening and management requirements, standard and transmission-based precautions, controls for aerosol-generating procedures, physical distancing, physical barriers, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and disinfection, ventilation, employee health screening and medical management, vaccination, training, anti-retaliation, recordkeeping, and reporting.
This new Directive is designed to ensure uniformity in enforcing the ETS when addressing workplace exposures to SARS-CoV-2.