Push for OSHA-enforced worker COVID protection being mulled in Congress

There’s a proposal circulating the halls of Congress that is intended to protect workers as they go back to work post COVID-19. It’s an amendment that OSHA would set new rules to enforce, according to McClatcheyDC.com:

The bill, titled “The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act,” would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to set new rules for employers to keep workers safe.

“Thousands of essential workers are going to work every day despite the risk of being infected by a disease unlike any we have witnessed in our lifetimes. We need to do more to make sure that these brave men and women have the necessary protections in place to keep them safe,” Florida Democrat Rep. Donna Shalala said in the statement.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, along with Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, all Democrats, are pushing similar legislation in the Senate.

“Workers across the country who are facing significant health and safety risks as they continue to keep us healthy, fed, and safe during this pandemic deserve to be protected,” Sen. Murray said in a news release. “We need clear, effective, and comprehensive requirements to ensure employees who continue to come into work across the country are kept safe.”

According to the House Committee on Education & Labor, the bill would require OSHA to set new rules within seven days that “requires all workplaces to implement infectious disease exposure control plans to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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