Appeals Court Strikes Down Bid to Reinstate OSHA COVID-19 Protection Standard

By Robert King

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just ruled that it did not have the power to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) decision to scrap a temporary protection standard that outlined requirements for hospitals to keep front-line health workers safe from contracting COVID-19. The union National Nurses United decried the decision.

OSHA issued a temporary protection standard for COVID-19 back in June 2021. However, OSHA did not move to make a permanent standard before the temporary one expired last year, as the agency shifted resources toward a vaccine mandate, the appellate opinion said. OSHA had called for health systems to still impose the standard’s requirements voluntarily.

Source: Robert King, Fierce Healthcare [8/30/22]

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