The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable to certain health care settings. The ETS does not apply to non-hospital ambulatory care settings where all non-employees are screened prior to entry and people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted to enter. The ETS will take effect upon its publication in the Federal Register. The ETS in its entirety as well as a summary and FAQ can be accessed here.
OSHA has also issued new Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace. This guidance is intended to help employers and workers not covered by the ETS to identify COVID-19 exposure risks to workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk, and to help them take appropriate steps to prevent exposure and infection.
We’ve heard from physicians who are concerned that their patients are hesitant to return to their office during the COVID-19 pandemic. PAMED's new toolkit offers resources to help physicians communicate with patients about the importance of returning to the office for important well visit, immunization, screening, and follow-up appointments. Get the Toolkit
NORCAL group, which includes NORCAL mutual insurance company, offers practical resources for health care professionals and business on topics like:
- Human resources
- Physician, staff, and health care operations
Get details at www.norcal-group.com/pandemic.