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Biden tells OSHA to bolster COVID-19 safety rules

Order could lead to a national playbook for fighting COVID-19 on jobsites.

February 02, 2021 |

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President Joe Biden ordered OSHA to issue new COVID-19 guidance, while considering a national emergency temporary standard that could provide a scorecard for workplace infections.

The directive could lead to standardizing the reporting and tracking of people exposed to the virus in the workplace. A national emergency temporary standard (ETS) would be enforceable by OSHA and give contractors a single checklist for COVID-19 compliance.

To date, COVID-19 workplace practices are governed by a patchwork of state, local, and federal rules. Some states have issued ETS for COVID-19, but there is no single set of rules across industries.

Some contractors say the hodgepodge of rules, with a lack of clarity about which ones apply to which jobsites, has hurt productivity and raised costs.

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