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Jan. 21, 2022, 10:15 PM

Health-Care Virus Standard Close to Nine Months Away, OSHA Says

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

A new OSHA Covid-19 standard to protect health-care workers should be completed in six to nine months, the agency said Friday.

James Frederick, deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, revealed the timeline in a statement that is part of the agency’s legal defense of its Dec. 27 decision to cancel the health-care Covid-19 emergency temporary standard.

The claim was made in response to a lawsuit filed Jan. 5 by several labor unions asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to revive the emergency standard.

If the unions prevail, hospitals, nursing homes, ...

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