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OSHA releases temporary standard for virus distress



The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will release its long-awaited temporary emergency standard COVID-19 on Thursday, Workers' Secretary Marty Walsh announced at the start of a hearing before the House Education and Work Committee on Wednesday – but it will only apply to the healthcare industry.

The ETS, which has been in place since January 21 when President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring OSHA to create the standard, will be available on OSHA's website tomorrow, Walsh said.

The standard has undergone several delays and spent at least several weeks in the Office of Management and Budget.

Initially, industry experts feared that the ETS would be similar to the California Division of Occupation Safety and Health ETS, which required employers to follow a number of COVID-1

9 protocols and introduced registration and testing at the employer's expense. California's standards have since been modified but continue to require masking and social distancing for workers who are not 100% vaccinated.

The federal ETS will be tailored for the healthcare industry and "reflects the reality on the ground", Mr. Walsh said during the hearing. He did not provide further details on the ETS or how the healthcare industry would be defined under the standard. 19659002] More insurance and work compensation news about the coronavirus crisis here .

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