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Biden administration will limit mandatory Covid workplace safety rules to health care settings

2021-06-21 18:42:58

Biden administration will limit mandatory Covid workplace safety rules to health care settings

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Updated: 06/09/2021 04:25 PM EDT

The Labor Department will limit long-awaited emergency Covid-19 workplace safety rules to the health care sector, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said Wednesday, a decision that disappointed unions pushing for more expansive rules but that will likely be a relief to businesses worried about new costs.

The rules, which have been under White House review since late April and are set to be released Thursday, were expected by both unions and businesses to apply broadly to all workplaces and require workers to wear masks on the job.

But the administration has decided it will instead update its optional guidance for general industry and has “tailored” the mandatory safety requirements to apply only to health care settings, Walsh said.

“OSHA has tailored a rule that focuses on health care, that science tel



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