OSHA sends vaccine mandate rule to White House

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent its vaccine mandate recommendation to the White House for review on Tuesday evening.

The rule will take effect after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completes its review and publishes in the Federal Register.

Almost 5 weeks ago, President Joe Biden tasked OSHA with developing and implementing a rule that would require employers with 100 or more workers to require COVID vaccines or regular testing. The move is expected to affect more than 80 million unvaccinated workers in private sector companies with 100 or more employees.

American Trucking Associations (ATA) CEO Chris Spear in an email to members Tuesday night said his group “is working to ensure that the ultimate rule, if and when it is released, reflects work. vital that ATA members accomplish every day to secure life – saving COVID vaccines, medical supplies and the necessities of life. “

The majority of eligible Americans (nearly 57%) are already fully immunized. While only a small portion of the trucking industry has more than 100 employees, Spear aimed at the employee size threshold and the idea that “if these mandates are designed to better protect all Americans, what is life like?” of employees in a small employer less important? ? “

Spear also noted that during the throes of the pandemic, trucking companies and drivers “did our jobs in the safest way possible… and [ATA has] explained this to the administration, “adding that truck drivers spend most of their working hours alone in the cab of a truck -” literally one of the safest places possible during a pandemic – so why have to they be regulated in this way?

He also questioned the feasibility of implementing the rule on an industry that spends very little time at a central location. “Testing the hundreds of thousands of truckers moving across the country every day is a virtual impossibility,” Spear said, adding that the ATA has raised concerns with the Biden administration, as well as the potential effects on the the country’s supply chain, which is already under stress to levels not seen in generations. “Assuming the administration moves forward regardless of our concerns, we will look at all options and choose a path that protects our industry and the 80% of the country that depends on us.”

There is no timeline for the OMB to complete its review, but it feels like it’s in the next few weeks.

Attorneys general in nearly half of the US states have already pledged to fight a vaccination mandate if passed, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday banning businesses and other entities from them. require.

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