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OSHA releases mandate for covid vaccine in the workplace



The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday released its long-awaited temporary emergency standard requiring employers with 100 or more workers to maintain covid-19 vaccine or testing requirements on their staff.

The mandate, which does not require employers to pay for vaccines or face masks , will enter into force on 4 January 2022.

According to the standard, employees must submit proof that they have been vaccinated or follow weekly covid-19 testing. [19659002] The standard requires employers to provide paid leave to workers to be vaccinated and recover from side effects of the vaccine.

Other requirements for employers in the nearly 500-page document includes:

  • Establish and maintain vaccination status records for each employee's vaccination.
  • Require employees to provide immediate information when testing positive or being diagnosed with covid-1
    9. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace.
  • Ensure that unvaccinated workers wear a face mask when indoors or in a vehicle with others.

OSHA estimates that the mandate will cover two-thirds of the U.S. private workforce. [19659002] The mandate will be published in the federal registry on Friday, and employers must meet most requirements within 30 days and test requirements within 60 days or risk any fines. Employers and others have 30 days to comment on the standard.

OSHA said it expects the standard to apply for six months. It said it would continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and update the standard when it finds that a "serious danger" from the virus no longer exists.

The publication ends months of speculation about what OSHA would require of employers regarding vaccines.

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