The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday issued workplace safety guidelines for employers that include a recommendation that they cover COVID-19 vaccination costs.
OSHA issued the new guidelines following an executive order by President Joe Biden on January 21.
The new guidelines, which generally reflect existing US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, require face protection, social distancing, and contact tracking. They also urge employers to implement COVID-19 prevention programs, separate and repatriate sick workers, improve safety communication with workers, install barriers, provide personal protective equipment, and routinely clean and disinfect.
The guidelines also require employers to consider protection and "reasonable adaptations" for workers at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-1
OSHA also urges employers to cover COVID-19 worker vaccinations and not to distinguish between vaccinated and non-vaccinated workers.
Prior to the new guidelines, OSHA had called on employers to comply with the CDC guidelines.
President Biden also gave OSHA until March 15 to decide whether to create a temporary standard for COVID-19 security.
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