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Lawmakers press OSHA for permanent COVID-19 standard and to reinstall protections

January 1, 1970

A coalition of 115 House members is pressing the Biden administration to issue permanent protections for healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19.

The House lawmakers wrote to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week calling for the agency (PDF) to make a permanent standard for health worker COVID-19 protections. The move comes as a temporary standard has expired and unions are taking the agency to court to reinstall protections.

“The removal of this OSHA standard as hospital resources and workers are strained from grappling with record-breaking numbers of cases of COVID-19 and increasing hospitalizations underscores the dire need for a permanent standard—and the retention of the emergency temporary standard until the permanent standard takes effect—for the duration of the pandemic,” according to the letter led by Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan.

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