OSHA Releases COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

November 15, 2021

Rules Will Affect Employers with 100 or More Employees

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)[1] drafted its Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing (ETS) as an interim final rule published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. OSHA determined COVID-19 represents a grave danger to unvaccinated workers, requiring it to exercise its authority under the Occupational Safety & Health Act to implement workplace controls to protect them.

The ETS applies to private sector employers with 100 or more employees as well as certain state/local governmental employers with 100 or more employees in many states. All told, OSHA estimates the ETS will apply to two-thirds of the U.S. workforce. OSHA continues to encourage employers to implement additional controls beyond what the ETS requires.

Our Guide will address employer requirements under the ETS, its effective dates, and its legal challenges.

Click here to view the full Guide.

[1]OSHA is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).