Bloomberg Law
Aug. 20, 2021, 6:08 PM

OSHA Covid-19 Standard Needs to Keep Pace With Medical Guidance

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

As OSHA considers requirements for a permanent Covid-19 standard, groups representing employers and workers agree the standard must be flexible enough to adopt changing medical recommendations.

“Throughout Covid-19, a lack of uniform guidance has led to confusion and apprehension on behalf of providers and facilities as they work to comply with rapidly changing standards and regulations,” Jon Fanning, chief executive officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, said in a letter to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration during its open comment period that ends at midnight Aug. 20.

From an employer perspective, it’s important to allow OSHA ...