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Coronavirus Worker Health Protections Mandated in House Bill

March 12, 2020, 4:21 PM

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...

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