OSHA ETS + COVID-19 Resources

OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard 2021

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses that present as the common cold but may also cause severe types of pneumonia and in some cases death. TMC strives to keep our clients updated about any regulatory changes, as well as guidance provided by the CDC. This page will serve as a resource for our clients, providing information that is needed to continue to safely care for patients while ensuring adequate protection for workers.

What is the OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard(ETS)?
In January of 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order which directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take action to reduce the risk that workers may contract COVID-19 in the workplace. As a result of that order, Federal OSHA issued the OSHA COVID-19 ETS on June 21, 2021. This standard was needed to ensure sufficient protections to reduce workplace exposures for healthcare workers who continue to put their lives on the line in helping people who may have COVID-19.

Who does it apply to?
The OSHA COVID-19 ETS applies to employers in settings where any employee provides healthcare services or healthcare support services were suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.

Adoption of ETS by State OSHA Programs:
At present, the ETS applies only to states who fall under FEDERAL OSHA programs. States who run their own safety programs were to notify Federal OSHA by July 6, 2021, if they will adopt the COVID-19 ETS as written, or if they will create their own plan. TMC will update the chart below as the information for STATE OSHA plans becomes available.

State ETS Adoption Date Effective Date
North Carolina July 14. 2021 July 21.2021
South Carolina Will create SC specific guidance TBD
Virginia Proposed amendments to current Permanent Standard Comments received until 07.31.2021

Many outpatient practices, such as many medical + dental practices, will be exempt from the requirements of this standard. Non-hospital-based ambulatory care settings will be able to claim the exemption by demonstrating that all non-workers are screened for indication of COVID-19 prior to entry. They will be denied entry if they have any indication of infection. Healthcare providers that are seeing patients with the suspect and/or confirmed COVID-19 will have to comply with the entire standard. For example, if patients are being tested for diagnosis of COVID-19, even if in an outdoor space, the standard would apply to that particular practice site.

What can I do to prepare?
In order to determine if you must comply with the ETS COVID-19 Standard, listen to the recorded webinar:  Is Your Practice Covered by the OSHA COVID-19 ETS?
There will be no CE credits offered for this recorded version – Handouts
If you determine that you have to comply because you are treating suspect or confirmed COVID-19 patients, TMC is here to help!

How will TMC help?

TMC has been and continues to be on top of this evolving situation. From the onset we have gone to great lengths to educate our staff, and have worked with our partners in government and health care, to create a turnkey solution to ensure your business is compliant AND that your workers are safe.  We have created a written plan and the support you need to be successful with the new standard. The COVID-19 ETS Plan includes the following:

  • One-on-one meeting with an expert provided via ZOOM in assist with implementation of this standard
  • A written COVID-19 ETS Plan available in both word and PDF fillable formats and assistance in customization of this written plan
  • Written Respiratory Protection Plan
  • Training resources, including access to an employee-focused training webinar, to ensure your workers understand the standard and how YOUR practice is implementing the requirements
  • Ongoing support for any additional questions related to the standard and your implementation process

Price:  Please contact us at 1-888-862-6742 or service@totalmedicalcompliance.com!

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Additional Resources

Pandemic Preparedness Plan

TMC has created a pandemic plan to reference during COVID-19, with resources specific to both medical and dental practices. We have a medical-specific plan and a dental-specific plan. This plan will meet the needs of practices that do NOT have to comply with the OSHA COVID-19 ETS. To get your plan click here.

TMC Respiratory Protection Plan

Total Medical Compliance has developed a plan to assist healthcare providers in addressing the risk associated with exposure to airborne transmitted diseases.
To get your plan click here.

Webinar Offerings

TMC has recorded complimentary webinars to address COVID-19 and related issues.

Webinars available:      Watch Recorded Webinars Now!

  • Respiratory Protection:  Are All Masks or Respirators Created Equally?
  • Back to Work Webinar
  • Q + A: HIPAA Disclosures, Telehealth Use + Cyber Threats
  • Updated! Respiratory Protection:  Creating a Respiratory Protection Program

Website Links – CDC Resources

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