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OSHA’s COVID Standard is Out and Here’s What You Need to Know

By: Megan Scherer

OSHA released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) 29 CFR 1910.502 for COVID-19 on Thursday, June 10. It’s directed at healthcare and healthcare support services and aims to protect workers facing the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Not sure if your workplace is covered? OSHA has provided this  handy flow chart.

If the temporary standard applies to your workplace, you’ll need to meet these key requirements.

The temporary standard exempts fully vaccinated workers from masking, distancing and barrier requirements when there is no reasonable expectation that a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will be present.

If your workplace isn’t covered by the temporary standard, OSHA still encourages employers to protect employees by:

  • Encouraging employees to get vaccinated
  • Using face coverings, distancing and barriers
  • Improving indoor ventilation
  • Encouraging and practicing good hygiene