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OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Standard Requires Written Plan, Precautions, Healthcare Risk Management

August 2021

Associate Kaiser Chowdhry spoke with Healthcare Risk Management about an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for healthcare employers. The ETS requires healthcare employers to create and implement a written plan to address COVID-19 risks in the workplace. “Most healthcare employers should have a written COVID plan in place by now, but if you don’t, the ETS now requires it and specifies certain components,” Kaiser said. “You’ll find similar situations in which you probably already have implemented physical distancing and barriers, for instance, but the ETS tells you exactly what OSHA wants to see.”

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