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...