Weekly COVID-19 Oversight & Enforcement Report - May 2021 #3

House Education and Labor Committee Chair Robert C. Scott (D-VA) issued a statement on May 18 criticizing the Biden Administration’s decision to use “the honor system” to report coronavirus vaccination status. He said, “One clear lesson from the last 16 months is that the honor system does not protect workers from COVID-19 infections. OSHA’s decision to issue only voluntary workplace safety guidance throughout the pandemic - which employers could choose to adopt or ignore - resulted in deadly outbreaks in health care facilities, meatpacking plants, grocery stores, warehouses, prisons, and many other workplaces around the country.” Chair Scott renewed his call for OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers from COVID-19, asking the Biden Administration to “issue an enforceable workplace safety standard and clearly articulate its strategy to protect workers.”

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