COVID-19 and healthcare workers: OSHA’s Doug Parker says permanent rule could be ready by fall | 2022-05-26

Washington — A permanent standard on COVID-19 for the health care industry could be finalized in the fall, OSHA Administrator Doug Parker said May 25 during a protection subcommittee hearing. of the House staff.

Parker added that his agency, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, intends to convene a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act committee to review a potential standard on preventing workplace violence in care facilities. health.

While OSHA’s priority is to complete its development of COVID-19 rules in the healthcare rule and an infectious disease rule focused on healthcare workers, “that doesn’t stop us from doing other work,” Parker said, adding that the agency is working “very diligently” on the standard for workplace violence in health care.

Asked by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) whether OSHA could finalize a standard for preventing heat-related injuries and illnesses by the spring of 2024, Parker said “it could be difficult.” .

He continued: “It just depends on the pace at which the rule-making takes place. COVID regulations and infectious disease prioritization…took up valuable time. This has delayed some of our other important health-related rules. »

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