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Everyone’s talking about the OSHA COVID Mandate for Employers. Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions.
The the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an organization within the US Department of Labor,The official name for the OSHA COVID mandate is the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Vaccination and Testing. Broadly speaking, it requires employers to establish, implement, and enforce a written mandatory vaccination policy. More specifically, the OSHA COVID mandate requires employers with a staff of 100 people or more to meet all of the following requirements:
The stated goal of the OSHA mandate is to “implement a workplace health standard” which will “protect the health of workers by mitigating the spread of the unprecedented virus in the workplace.”
Currently, yes. On Dec. 17, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lifted the stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that had been imposed by the Fifth Circuit, putting the ETS’ employer vaccination and testing requirements for COVID-19 back into effect.
Following the Dec. 17th decision, OSHA announced a Jan. 10, 2022, effective date, but added it will not cite employers for noncompliance with the testing requirements prior to Feb. 9, 2022.
A number of compliance management software companies, including Certemy, have introduced OSHA COVID mandate solutions specifically to help companies comply with the new mandate. These solutions typically provide the following benefits:
A robust OSHA mandate compliance solution will provide the following four system functions:
A comprehensive OSHA COVID mandate solution should ideally include the following features.
OSHA is a regulatory agency within the United States Department of Labor. OSHA's stated mission is to ensure that employees work in a safe and healthful environment by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.
With over 100 North American customers, Certemy is a leading provider of cloud-based employee compliance and credentialing management software for employers and professional credentialing organizations. Certemy also provides an OSHA COVID compliance solution. Learn more or book a demo at certemy.com/l/employee-vaccine-tracker.