If any members of your crew haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, you should let them know that the clock is ticking – they have until Jan. 4 to get vaccinated, or they’ll be subject to weekly testing.
That’s the upshot of the emergency temporary COVID-19 standard recently issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The rule requires organizations with 100 or more employees to ask workers for proof of vaccination. Employees who are unwilling to receive the vaccine must submit to weekly testing.
The rule mandates that companies develop plans for vaccination or testing by Dec. 4. Those plans must be implemented by Jan. 4.
Under the standard, employers aren’t required to pay for the weekly tests. And organizations can issue a vaccine mandate, although they aren’t required to do so.
The rule provides an exemption for people who work either remotely or exclusively outdoors.
Note: A federal court has temporarily blocked implementation of the standard. However, the Biden administration is advising employers to move forward with compliance, saying that it expects the rule to take effect as scheduled.
(From the Nov. 15, 2021, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)