How Employers Must Respond to the Biden Vaccine Mandate

OSHA is drafting an Emergency Temporary Standard that will require COVID vaccines or weekly testing. Before all the details are known, this safety and health professional says the work starts now, with developing a strategy to comply, or not

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The Biden Administration tapped OSHA on September 9, 2021, to prepare a new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard that will require employees of federal contractors and companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or provide weekly COVID test results. The agency is still working on the details, but James Junkin, president of occupational safety and health consulting firm Mariner-Gulf Consulting & Services and master trainer for supply-chain risk management company Veriforce, explains that employers have decisions to make and work to do now in order to be prepared for what’s to come.