OSHA Seeks Extension for COVID-19 Recordkeeping & Reporting Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking extension of the collection of information  for the following provisions that were part of the OSHA The COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

  • 29 CFR 1910.502(q)(2)(ii) and (3) (ii)-(iv) Recordkeeping. Requiring employers with more than 10 employees to establish and maintain COVID-19 logs recording each instance in which an employee is COVID-19 positive, and to make such records available upon request to employees or their representatives (in redacted form where necessary), and OSHA.
  •  29 CFR 1910.502(r) Reporting COVID-19 fatalities and hospitalizations to OSHA. Requiring the employer to report each work-related COVID-19 fatality within 8 hours of the employer learning about the fatality and each work-related COVID-19 in-patient hospitalization within 24 hours of the employer learning about the in-patient hospitalization.

On December 27 , 2021 OSHA announced the withdrawal of the Healthcare ETS. OSHA withdrew the ETS because it has been greater than six months since the effective date  and the timely issuance of  a permanent standard was delayed. However, OSHA announced its plans to continue to require the standards in the ETS for recordkeeping and reporting.

Public comments  on the information collection are due January 31, 2022