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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.

OSHA has reviewed the latest guidance, science and data on COVID-19 and has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). DOL has determined that neither CDC’s guidance on healthcare settings nor the underlying science and data on COVID-19 in healthcare settings has materially changed in a way to necessitate changes in the health and safety requirements contained in the ETS released on June 10, 2021. OSHA has determined that no changes to the ETS are necessary at this time, but the agency will continue to monitor and assess the need for changes each month.