The release date for the new OSHA vaccination ETS could be 6 to 10 weeks away
The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) reported that it recently took part in a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) sponsored meeting with OSHA officials.
Lead by ABMA Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita and ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives, the meeting involved multiple parties interested in workplace safety issues, most importantly, President Biden's proposed vaccine mandate and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more employees.
Following the meeting, the ABMA said it learned that the anticipated release date for the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) implemented by Biden is an estimated 6 to 10 weeks away.
Additionally, the AMBA noted that many of the decisions on the content of the ETS are still under discussion and will remain fluid as OSHA constructs the final ETS.
Following the meeting, ABMA drafted a letter to OSHA to outline LBM industry concerns and questions. The ABMA said that it will continue to gather information and will stay in contact with OSHA officials on the topic.
Both ABMA and National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association have objected to the ETS, with each association polling its membership.