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OSHA’s Covid Rule Takes Priority Over Heat, Workplace Violence

Sept. 20, 2022, 8:10 PM

New rules covering workplace violence, heat stress, and infectious diseases are on hold while OSHA completes its Covid-19 standard for the health-care industry.

Completing the Covid-19 standard (RIN:1218-AD36) continues to be the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s top rulemaking priority, Doug Parker, the agency’s head, said Tuesday.

“We know this doesn’t move as fast as people would like,” Parker told the National Safety Council Congress in San Diego. “It’s very hard to predict when it will be done,” he said.

OSHA still needs to complete a draft Covid rule and present it for review by the White House’s ...