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COVID-19 Healthcare ETS

Workers in a hospital using PPESource: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The ETS was officially filed in the Office of the Federal Register on June 17, 2021, and it became effective when it was published on June 21, 2021.

Written comments on any aspect of the ETS must be submitted by August 20, 2021 in Docket number OSHA-2020-0004. Written comments on the information collection determination as described in VII.K of the ETS preamble (86 FR 32560) must be submitted by August 20, 2021 in Docket number OSHA-2021-0003.

October Report

To assess the ongoing need for an Emergency Temporary Standard for healthcare and related industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reviewed the latest guidance, science and data on COVID-19 and has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) (NIOSH)). OSHA has determined that the requirements of the healthcare ETS released on June 10, 2021, remain necessary to address the grave danger of COVID-19 in healthcare. OSHA will continue to monitor and assess the need for changes in the healthcare ETS each month.