Washington — The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is calling on OSHA to enact an emergency temporary standard related to COVID-19 – an action the advocacy group says won’t require OSHA officials to reinvent the wheel.
Several OSHA State Plan states already have issued ETSs to help protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering federal OSHA a valuable framework, National COSH Co-Executive Director Jessica Martinez said during a Feb. 3 virtual conference call exploring the organization’s national agenda for worker safety and health.
“We want to make sure that we can model these. We don’t have to start from nothing,” Martinez said. “There’s already a model to be able to take from. But the goal, again, is to be able to ensure that every employer has a prevention plan to deal with infectious disease across the board.”
National COSH developed the agenda alongside more than 100 labor and community-based worker organizations. Strengthening and enforcing worker safety laws and regulations amid the pandemic tops the list, which also includes a call to establish worker-centered protocols to track, prevent and protect against COVID-19…