New Law Requires OSHA Emergency Temporary Infectious Disease Standard

2020-03-23 |

The president signed into law H.R. 6201 (P.L. 116-127), The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other provisions, the law requires OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) within 30 days that requires employers within the healthcare sector, and any other sectors designated by OSHA or CDC to be at elevated risk, to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan to protect healthcare workers. The ETS shall be based on the CDC’s 2007 “Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings’’ that was issued to protect healthcare workers against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In addition, the ETS may not be less protective than the infectious disease precautions for novel pathogens issued by any OSHA state plan. Read a summary of the law.