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OSHA to increase COVID-19 protections for EMS and other workers

Apr 08, 2021

On Jan. 21, President Biden signed an Executive Order directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop additional programs to protect American workers from COVID-19. The National Emphasis Program (NEP) increases protections for EMS and other workers against contracting COVID-19 and will enhance COVID-19 related training and enforcement activities.

OSHA will update the Interim Enforcement Response Plan to prioritize on-site workplace inspections. The NEP includes plans to ensure that workers are protected from retaliation. States with an OSHA-approved state plan have 60 days to notify OSHA if they already have the equivalent to an NEP plan or will adopt the federal plan.