NAHC Submits Comments and Develops FAQs on the OSHA COVID ETS

Read this NAHC FAQ on OSHA COVID Emergency Temporary Standards FAQ addresses questions from NAHC members The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requesting clarification on the applicability of the standards to non-medical home care provides, limitations and protections…

Resource for Action Steps to Comply with the OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

In June 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect health care workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are more than likely going to be present, including home-based care settings. (See this NAHC Report article for important information.)

Employers covered by the standard are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control the potential COVID-19 hazards in the workplace.

In response to a number of questions, our partners at  Polsinelli have shared with us a Summary of Action Steps you as our members can reference in order to be in compliance with OSHA COVID-19 ETS. NAHC strongly urges you to look carefully at this valuable resource.

OSHA Issues Directives for COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Inspections

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.)

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

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.

OSHA Issues Directives for COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Inspections

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…

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.…