The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect employees of large employers (100 or more employees) from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.
Here are four things you need to know:
- Employers with at least 100 employees will be required to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy unless they adopt a policy requiring unvaccinated workers to undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering at work.
- Covered employers must provide paid time for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and ensure workers have paid sick leave to recover from any side effects that prevent them from working.
- Employers must comply with most provisions by 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register, and comply with the testing requirement by 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. Learn more about compliance dates here.
- Businesses that don’t comply may face significant OSHA fines.
More information can be found at these links:
COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS Summary – COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS (osha.gov)
Vaccination and Testing ETS landing page: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2
Full Vaccination and Testing ETS text: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-23643/covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-emergency-temporary-standard
Vaccination and Testing ETS fact sheet: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA4162.pdf
Vaccination and Testing ETS FAQs: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2/faqs
We will provide more information as it reviews the details of the ETS.
Contact Mark Kessenich (AGC-GM CEO) and Dan Burazin (Safety) with any legal or safety related questions – (414) 778-4100.
OSHA COVID-19 ETS Webinar
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is partnering with the AGC of Wisconsin for a special webinar on Monday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. to see how your firm and employees are impacted. REGISTER HERE!