A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

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Dear Reader,

As vaccine mandates are passed throughout the country, many employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 still face grave danger from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated workers are much more likely to contract and transmit COVID-19 in the workplace than vaccinated workers. As a result, workers are continually becoming seriously ill and dying of occupational exposures to COVID-19.

To address this, OSHA has reviewed the best available science and concluded that layered interventions work, even in elevated risk environments such as healthcare facilities. OSHA expects that the new ETS will result in approximately 23 million individuals becoming vaccinated and further aid in the prevention of 6,500 deaths and 250,000 hospitalizations.

Under the ETS, employers are required to determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination, maintain records of each employee’s vaccination status, and maintain a roster of each employee’s vaccination status.

The standard also requires employers to:

  • Require employees to promptly provide notice when they receive a positive COVID19 test or are diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Immediately remove any employee from the workplace, regardless of vaccination status, who received a positive COVID-19 test or is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed healthcare provider;
  • Keep removed employees out of the workplace until they meet the criteria for returning to work.

Although the standard relieves regulatory pressure on employers with less than 100 employees, dedicating the personnel and resources needed to successfully navigate OSHA compliance can still pose a challenge for growing companies. The USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program is here to help. Our consultants have over 150 years of combined occupational health and safety leadership experience across various industries. To request a free, confidential consultation please visit www.usfsafetyflorida.com or call (866) 273-1105. For more information on the standard or compliance enforcement policies, visit www.osha.gov/coronavirus.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Brian L. Warrick, PhD, CSP, CIH
Program Director
USF SafetyFlorida