OSHA Vaccine Mandate
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The standard requires that employees of private businesses be either fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, or undergo weekly testing. Federal contractors are subject to separate rules. Healthcare workers in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) also have separate rules, which mandate vaccination without the option for weekly testing. Gallagher provides a detailed description of the mandate.
The ETS Vaccine Mandate requires the following:
- Covered employees must implement mandatory vaccination policies or adopt regular testing and face mask requirements.
- Employees must receive paid time off for the vaccination and recovery from potential side effects.
- Employees who work in organizations that offer an alternative policy and choose not to be vaccinated must be tested weekly and wear face masks at all times while on the premises.
- The ETS Mandate supersedes state and local laws; if an inconsistency occurs, the ETS provides appropriate legal authorization to enforce the vaccination policy.
The mandate covers 29 states that are subject to Federal OSHA standards. These include AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, LA, ME, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TX, WV, and WI. The remaining 21 states will implement their own plans, but these plans must be identical, or “at least as effective as” the ETS standard. These state plans must be enacted within 30 days of the ETS issued guidance, so their deadline is December 5, 2021.
In order to comply with these mandates and protect their workers from COVID-19, employers must partner with trusted providers for reliable, safe vaccination, verification, and testing services.
Wellness Coaches can provide all necessary expertise, supplies, and personnel to ensure that your team is safe and your business is compliant. Learn more about our vaccine verification testing solutions.