Press Release

AFT President Weingarten Reacts to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

For Release:


Sarah Hager Mosby

 WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten following the announcement that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a federal Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID-19 that requires healthcare employers to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19. The standard will be mandatory in many healthcare settings, and OSHA also released voluntary guidance to help protect workers in other industries. The announcement excludes many healthcare workers who are exposed to asymptomatic patients by relying too heavily on staff vaccination status and screening, and stronger requirements are needed for ventilation and filtration enhancements to protect workers and prevent ongoing spread of the virus:

“More needs to be done to protect workers.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.