The move, aimed at protecting workers in sectors like agriculture and construction, reflects a growing recognition of the health threats posed by global warming.
White House officials believe the law is a legitimate and legal way to combat the pandemic, though they acknowledge it has never been used to require vaccines.
Vaccines work. But a mandate by the federal executive is an overreach that may backfire.
The agency is expected to issue an emergency temporary standard to carry out the requirement, which will affect more than 80 million workers.
The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus.
The new focus underscores the need for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue standards for employers to address potential hazards in the workplace, multiple experts say.
OSHA has saved many lives in its 50 years. But it can do more.
The Labor Department still (still!) needs to do more to protect employees from getting Covid on the job.
Customers should start telling Jeff Bezos to treat his workers like human beings.
The agency has not fully reckoned with airborne transmission of the coronavirus in settings like hospitals, schools and meatpacking plants, experts said.
The authorities said five people were found dead at a Prime Pak Foods plant in Gainesville, Ga., and a sixth person died at a hospital. At least nine others were hospitalized, officials said.
Unions, which largely support the new president, had complained that the Trump administration did little to protect workers from the coronavirus.
“There are safety standards and safety features that were supposed to be in place for every event,” a lawyer for the acrobats said.
A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.
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Worker protections are critical during the pandemic — yet the Trump administration has issued only voluntary guidance instead of enforceable rules.
A heedless rush to protect businesses from the legal system endangers workers, customers and everyone else.
Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.
Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.
Workplace safety is now a matter of public health.
An effective strategy to beat the virus is the ultimate answer to how we get our economy back on track.
Government action is essential to save lives and to rescue our economy. Let’s get back to work.