OSHA Submits Emergency COVID-19 Rule For Approval
The Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) will likely move through this process faster than most new OSHA rules. If approved, the Final Rule may appear in the Federal Register within weeks.
Lion continues to monitor the progress of the Federal COVID-19 ETS, as well as state-level health and safety standards related to COVID-19 workplace exposure.
In February, Lion News reviewed existing state programs, previous OSHA rulemaking efforts, current COVID-19 enforcement trends, and the latest guidance to explore what a national COVID-19 Standard might look like.
Very soon, it seems, we will know for sure what's in the new ETS.
Why Is OSHA Creating a COVID-19 Standard Now?On his second day in office, January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden ordered OSHA to consider creating emergency worker protections to address the risk of COVID-19 workplace exposure in Executive Order “Protecting Workers Health and Safety.”
While OSHA was ordered to create the new requirements by March 15, in early April they announced plans to delay the Standard in order to consider new information regarding the state of vaccinations and virus variants.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance, More EnforcementEarlier this year, OSHA released updated, more robust guidance for employers to help protect workers from COVID-19 exposure on the job. The guidance encourages employers to implement a coronavirus prevention program and recommends essential elements of such a program.
OSHA COVID-19 Guidance (01/29/21)
OSHA launched a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) on March 12, which added new criteria for targeting healthcare and general industry worksites for inspection.
For the latest updates on COVID-19 that impact environmental, safety, and hazardous materials professionals, visit our COVID-19 EHS News Hub page.
COVID-19 Safety Awareness Online TrainingTo help US workplaces safely resume and continue operations, Lion launched the COVID-19 Employee Safety Awareness Online Course. The course is designed to help satisfy training mandates for employees concerning COVID-19.
The course prepares employees to:
- Recognize signs, symptoms, and risk factors for COVID-19
- Describe how the COVID-19 disease is transmitted
- Follow recommended hygiene and work protocols to prevent exposure
- Properly use and care for PPE and face coverings, when required
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Hazardous Waste Professional
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I love that the instructor emphasized the thought process behind the regs.
Corporate Product Stewardship Specialist
Very good. I have always appreciated the way Lion Tech develops, presents and provides training and materials.
This training broke down the regulations in an easy-to-understand manner and made them less overwhelming. I now feel I have the knowledge to make more informed decisions.
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Lion is at the top of the industry in compliance training. Course content and structure are updated frequently to make annual re-training enjoyable. I like that Lion has experts that I can contact for 1 year after the training.
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