The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said it will develop a general safety standard for infectious diseases to replace the federal COVID-19 standard for occupational safety and health, which only applies to healthcare professionals.
SC OSHA decided to create an alternative standard, allowing federal OSHA, following submissions from South Carolina stakeholders, to review SC OSHA's COVID-19 compliance data (ie health-related deaths, hospital stays, complaints and inspections) and data from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control ”and the US Centers for Disease Control, according to a statement issued last week.
The standard will place significant focus on employers' assessment and enable flexibility as the pandemic has proven to be unpredictable, SC OSHA's Deputy Director Kristina Baker said in the statement.
The Agency did not announce a timeline for the development of the rule. Catalog [1