Science, Politics and the Ever-Changing Workplace Regulation of COVID-19


This webinar covered the current regulation of workplace exposures to COVID-19, outside of the healthcare sector, and the likely content and impact of the expected second OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard announced by President Biden on September 9, 2021. The discussion focused on what we view as the requirements in effect under the CDC-driven OSHA regulatory scheme with some limited discussion of the programs in the state plan states that have developed their own programs. We also reviewed how politics have shaped both the discussion of the issue and the manner in which the COVID-19 risk has been regulated, and how this pandemic has highlighted the dramatic differences in the abilities of CDC and OSHA to address a dynamically changing risk.

Who Should Watch?

  • Superintendents
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Risk
  • Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Attorneys
  • HR Paper Manufacturers
  • Converters
  • Engineering
  • Firms

Learning Objectives

  1. Comprehend, describe and discuss current requirements for controlling COVID-19 risks in the workplace and participate in an assessment of the COVID-19 program at their sites.     
  2. Comprehend, investigate and discuss the issues likely to be raised by the expected vaccinate-or-test OSHA ETS announced by President Biden and formulate, evaluate and plan alternative COVID-19 risk management options designed to comply with the reasonably anticipated requirements (and alternatives) of that standard.   

Inside this Section