The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a 30-day request for comment to extend certain parts of its Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard, which expired on December 21.
On December 27, OSHA announced that "it intends to continue to work quickly to issue a final standard that will protect healthcare professionals from the risks of covid-19 and will do so because it also takes into account its broader regulatory framework for infectious diseases. "
OSHA said that because it" foresees a definitive rule can not be completed within a time frame approaching that intended by law, it withdrew the unrecorded portions of the health care allowances.The Covid-1
OSHA said that the protocol provisions "were adopted under a separate provision in the Act on (Occupational Safety and Health) … and OSHA found good reason to refrain from announcing and commenting "on extending the rules" in view of the serious danger posed by the pandemic. "
" OSHA considers that the danger posed by healthcare professionals covid-19 is still needed to protect them. Given these facts, and given OSHA's expected completion of this rule, OSHA strongly encourages all healthcare employers to continue to implement ETS requirements to protect employees from a hazard that too often causes death or serious physical injury to employees. .  As OSHA works towards a permanent regulatory solution, the Agency stated that it "will strongly enforce the general duty clause and its general standards", including the standards for personal protective equipment and respiratory protection, to help protect healthcare workers.