Since November 5th, OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing is the latest push to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. With nearly 750,000 reported deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19, the ETS is requiring employers with 100 or more employees to develop, implement, and enforce policies that either require mandatory vaccinations or require weekly COVID-19 testing for those who do not wish to be vaccinated. This blog will help walk you through the summary of OSHA’s ETS to give both employers and employees a look at what will be required of them in 2022.
Who Does This ETS Impact
The ETS generally applies to all employers that are under OSHA’s authority and jurisdiction and currently have more than 100 employees firm-wide/corporate-wide. Employers who are exempt from this standard include:
For those employers who are not exempt from the ETS, a policy regarding vaccination or testing will be required.
What is Required in the Employer Policy
For employers who decide to enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, they will be required to:
For employers who permit non-vaccinated employees to work, they will be required to:
When implementing either policy, employers will be required to:
What Additional Requirements Must Employers Meet
Alongside implementing the policies above, employers will be required to:
When Does This Emergency Standard Take Effect
The ETS, officially published on November 5th, will take effect 30 days from publication (December 5th). Once effective, all requirements (besides testing employees) will be required. Testing for employees who have not received any or all vaccinations will be in effect 60 days from publication (January 4th). While this standard is set to take effect next month, multiple states have currently filed suit in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay (halt) the enforcement until further review from the court.
With the ETS looming, employers should prepare themselves for this standard becoming effective. If you are looking for help maintaining and reporting employee records, STAC is here to be your solution. With our unique QR coded stickers and ID badges, you will be able to adhere to the ETS standards while also providing other important training information for your employees with a simple scan from your phone. For more information regarding the ETS, visit https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2