The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an emergency temporary standard for healthcare workers. The standard is designed to protect healthcare workers in particular from contracting coronavirus. The new standard comes alongside new general industry guidance that is aligned with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The general guidance states that “unless otherwise required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their fully vaccinated workers who are not otherwise at risk from coronavirus exposure.”

The guidance, which is advisory in nature, recommends mask wearing and other protections for unvaccinated and at-risk workers across a broad array of sectors, including manufacturing, meat and seafood processing, retail and grocery.

Emergency Temporary Standard

The New General Guidance:

For more information about how this may affect your business, contact an EPIC team member.


Volume 2, Issue 10



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