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ASA Requests OSHA Meeting on Emergency Temporary Standard

On Monday, April 26, 2021, OSHA submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) / Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Subpart U, Emergency Temporary Standard – COVID-19 for regulatory review, which means OSHA is closer to issuing a rule and this review is usually the final step in the process before publishing.  Currently, we do not know the scope of the rule or what may be in it.  However, ASA, along with the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), has requested an Executive Order 12866 meeting.  Under EO 12866, OMB/OIRA meets on regulatory actions with any interested party to discuss issues on a rule under review.  In February, the CISC sent letters to OMB and OSHA outlining issues we believe the Agency should consider while they deliberate the need for an emergency temporary standard (ETS) on COVID-19.