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As part of OSHA’s commitment to protect workers and deliver stronger worker safety protections, the agency has issued a COVID-19 Healthcare ETS that establishes new requirements to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19 in all settings, with some exceptions, where any employee provides healthcare or healthcare support services.When does the new OSHA ETS become effective?
The ETS was officially filed in the Office of the Federal Register on June 17, 2021, and it became effective when it was published on June 21, 2021. Written comments on any aspect of the ETS must be submitted by July 21, 2021 in Docket number OSHA-2020-0004 .Where does the ETS apply to healthcare workers?
The ETS applies to settings where employees provide healthcare services or healthcare support services, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, emergency response, and some home healthcare environments. The ETS became effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.What services are not covered by the ETS?
For example, the ETS does not apply to healthcare support services not performed in a healthcare setting (e.g., off-site laundry, off-site medical billing). Moreover, even if these services are performed in a healthcare setting, other exceptions to the standard might also apply.