OSHA comment deadline approaching: January 19, 2022

The final comment period on any aspect of the standard ending Jan. 19th, 2022 on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard, which requires employees of companies with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering.

standard was published in the Federal Register Nov. 5 and is intended as a proposal for a permanent standard, according to OSHA. The comment period for the standard was set to expire Dec. 6, but the time was extended by 45 days to Jan. 19 “to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment,” according to the Labor Department.

OSHA is only accepting written comments via in docket number OSHA-2021-0007.

The agency is suspending enforcement of the rule until Jan. 10 due to uncertainty caused by court cases “so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”

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