December 28, 2021

OSHA withdraws part of COVID-19 healthcare emergency temporary standard but will ‘vigorously enforce’ other parts

McKnights Senior Living

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has withdrawn the “non-recordkeeping” portions of the healthcare emergency temporary standard that it had announced in June, the agency said Monday evening, promising to “work expeditiously to issue a final standard.”

The rule’s COVID-19 log and reporting provisions remain in effect, however, and OSHA said that it will continue to “vigorously enforce the general duty clause and its general standards, including the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protection Standards, to help protect healthcare employees from the hazard of COVID-19.” The respiratory protection standard applies to those providing care to people with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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