ABC is pleased that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has re-evaluated its frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations, announcing it will not enforce the requirement for employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022.
On May 10, ABC, as a steering committee member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, wrote to OSHA urging it to review and revise its recently issued FAQs on whether employers must record adverse reactions caused by COVID-19 vaccinations that are required and/or recommended by employers. Refer to the Newsline article on this issue to learn more.
Revised OSHA FAQ:
Are adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine recordable on the OSHA recordkeeping log?
DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.
Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 FAQs for more information.