Bloomberg Law
March 12, 2020, 4:21 PM

Coronavirus Worker Health Protections Mandated in House Bill

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

Federal workplace safety regulators would have to quickly issue a coronavirus protection rule aimed at the health-care industry if the House’s Family First Coronavirus Response Act becomes law.

There isn’t a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation for protecting workers in any industry from diseases caused by airborne pathogens, such as tuberculosis or Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Instead, the government enforces a law, the general duty clause, which requires workplaces to be free of known and potentially deadly hazards that can be corrected.

The bill (H.R. 6201) introduced Wednesday requires OSHA to publish ...