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President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety on Jan. 21 as part of the new administration’s efforts to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The order may result in a federal emergency temporary standard.
Key provisions are summarized here:
This includes issuing science-based guidance to reduce workplace exposure risk, including mask-wearing; partnering with state and local governments to protect public employees; enforcing worker health and safety requirements; and providing resources to help employers protect employees.
The Secretary of Labor, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), shall:
3. Protecting other categories of workers from COVID-19.
The Secretary of Labor, acting through the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, shall:
OSHA reported Jan. 8 that it issued more than $3.9 million in citations related to COVID-19 workplace exposure risks and cases in 2020, most of them under the General Duty clause of the OSH Act.
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