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Executive Order addresses worker protections from COVID-19

EO outlines specific actions for OSHA

Posted January 25, 2021

As part of the new administration’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) on January 21 addressing worker health and safety protections.

Specific actions in the EO include:

  • Determine if an Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 is needed, and, if so, issue one by March 15, 2021. State-Plan states would have to do the same.
  • Launch a national program to focus OSHA enforcement efforts related to COVID-19 on violations that put the largest number of workers at serious risk.
  • Look for ways to cover state, county, and city government workers in non-State-Plan states, by using Department of Transportation (DOT) (e.g., for highway work) and other Federal government agencies to help ensure protections.
  • Review and strengthen all COVID-19 guidance documents OSHA issued for employers.


This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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