OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

As reported here on June 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the period of the emergency standard, covered healthcare…

OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

As reported in NAHC Report on June 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the period of the emergency standard, covered healthcare employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace.

On Thursday, July 8, OSHA announced it will publish a notice in the Federal Register to extend the comment period for the COVID-19 healthcare emergency temporary standard (ETS) to August 20, 2021.

OSHA is extending the comment period by 30 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment.

Comments can be submitted electronically for Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for making electronic submissions.

More information about the ETS is available at:  https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets.

You Can Still Watch the NAHC Webinar on OSHA’s Emergency Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an emergency temporary standard (ETS) in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021 to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. (See NAHC Report for additional information.)

The ETS applies to all health care settings and outlines requirements for employers to ensure employees have a safe working environment. Covered entities must comply with the standards within 14 days (30 days for some) of the publication in the Federal Register.

This presentation reviewed all the standards and their application to the home care setting.

Faculty: Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, NAHC

Price for NAHC members: Free (Register here)

New NAHC Webinar: How the New OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards Will Impact Your Agency

Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern REGISTER NOW The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an emergency temporary standard (ETS) in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021 to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present.…

OSHA Issues New Emergency Temporary Standards for Healthcare Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the period of the emergency standard, covered healthcare employers must develop and implement a COVID-19…