The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating that all private employers with 100 or more employees ensure their employees are COVID-19 fully vaccinated before entering the employer’s worksite. Alternatively, at the employer’s choice, employers may allow unvaccinated employees to come to the worksite if they wear an approved face covering and produce a negative COVID-19 test at least weekly.
Employers must comply with most requirements by December 6, and with the optional testing requirements by January 4.
Here are some key decisions you’ll need to make:
This is a very busy time of year for employers and the new OSHA rules are just one of many compliance requirements you are facing. Presuming you have limited capacity to devote to compliance requirements in Q4, the precursor to all these considerations may be resetting priorities and assessing the risks associated with any changes. The good news is that there are resources available to support your compliance efforts. You don’t have to go it alone.