OSHA Guidance Leaves Door Open for Mandatory COVID Standard

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New guidance for employers related to COVID-19 doesn’t create new mandatory standards, but the tone of the guidance is a signal from the Biden administration of more support for enforcement, according to attorneys focusing on workplace safety issues.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on January 29 that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had issued stronger worker safety guidance. The new document—Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace—isn’t substantively different from the previous administration’s guidance, but “the tone is different,” Eric J. Conn, chair

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