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July 17, 2021 • News

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS applies to healthcare and healthcare support services workplaces, depending on the setting, type of service provided, level of potential risk, and whether or not employees are fully vaccinated. To determine whether and how your workplace is covered by the ETS, refer to the OSHA flowchart.

The ETS includes requirements for covered employers to:

The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021. Employers must comply with most provisions within 14 days and with the remaining provisions within 30 days. OSHA will use its discretion to avoid citing employers who miss a compliance deadline but are making a good faith effort to comply with the ETS. For more information, see the Fact Sheet or the complete Rule.

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