OSHA Emergency Standard on COVID-19 Expected Soon

On April 26, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review. The ETS, which will address workplace exposures to COVID-19, is a separate effort from other OSHA regulatory activity, such as its new COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP). The timing for the review is unclear, but if and when the ETS is released, it will take effect immediately. Read more about the ETS in a previous IPC blog piece here. IPC Contact: Kelly Scanlon, director, EHS policy and research.