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November 12, 2021

It’s Official: OSHA’s Emergency Standard

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A new emergency temporary standard has been released by OSHA. How will small and large businesses adapt to COVID-19 regulations?

As of November 5th, the emergency temporary standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been approved. This standard, which President Biden called on OSHA to draft following increased regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19, will impact all businesses with 100 employees or more. As mentioned by Zachary Jones in his article, the plan will directly affect over 80 million workers. With the standard having such a massive impact, how will small-scale and large-scale businesses need to adapt?

OSHA’s temporary standards can last up to six months after they are enacted. During that time, they are enforced like any other OSHA standard. In the case of this ETS, businesses must require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or test negative for the coronavirus every week. If the employee is unvaccinated, they will also need to wear face coverings while working. However, this standard also affects employers, who will be required to provide paid time off for employees recovering from a vaccination. Many businesses have already adopted similar practices and implemented new work policies following the spread of COVID-19. However, for businesses that haven’t adopted any of these practices, this shift could be drastic.

OSHA will likely continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. Emergency Temporary Standards can be altered quickly, and OSHA will need to do so in order to keep up with the changing pandemic. Whether that means less regulation or more remains a mystery. As the world continues to wrestle with the coronavirus, employees and employers will need to be ready for changes to their workday. At Hard Hat Training, we design programs to keep workers safe in any situation.

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