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OSHA and CMS Rules for Vaccination in the Workplace

From Sandi Whitaker, On-Going Safety & Health Advice

1910 Subpart U - COVID–19 Emergency Temporary Standard
OSHA and CMS Rules for Vaccination in the Workplace

November 5, 2021

Today, the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers from the risk of contracting COVID-19.  The ETS mandates COVID-19 vaccinations or at least weekly testing for worker.  The ETS serves as a proposed rule for a permanent standard.  OSHA has initiated a 30-day public comment period. 

The requirement made public by OSHA today will take effect Friday November 5, when published in the Federal Register. The ETS requires covered employers to establish, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.  The ETS establishes and exception for weekly testing and wearing of a face covering instead of vaccination.

The first compliance deadline for employers—providing time off for workers to get inoculated and ensuring those who aren’t vaccinated are wearing masks—is Dec. 5. Workers must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to testing.

The new rule contains requirements for reporting Covid-19 cases or fatalities on the OSHA 300 Injury and Illness Reporting Log.

This ETS may or may not affect your company.  Our Bulverde Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce member, Sandra Whitaker is a Certified Safety and Health Official and owner of On-going Safety & Health Advice.  If you have questions regarding how this regulation applies to your company and your workforce, please contact Sandra at (210) 380-4554.