Two House representatives sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. Department of Labor requesting that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration give business owners and workers a formal opportunity to comment on a temporary standard for COVID-19.
On January 21, President Joe Biden signed an executive order ordering OSHA to issue a federal COVID-19 ETS in March. California, Michigan, Oregon and Virginia have already introduced such standards.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, member of the Committee on Education and Work, and Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, addressed the letter to Acting Secretary of State Al Stewart, asking OSHA to "frequently request feedback from entrepreneurs and their employees" Before "implementing comprehensive new employer mandate ”on COVID-1
The letter also calls on OSHA to answer questions about the need for an ETS, including whether the authority has determined the effects of an ETS on small businesses, how such a standard will be quickly and frequently updated to stay up to date with evolving public health guidance, how ETS will address differences in risk exposure and whether ETS will address workplaces where most employees have already been vaccinated.
Legislators asked OSHA to answer its questions by 11 March.
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