By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA

Workers are better protected from COVID-19 by industry-tailored guidance than they are from a uniform emergency standard, ARTBA and other industry leaders have told Congress.

The proposed “Every Worker Protection Act of 2020” would force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach. The legislation would limit the ability of industry to adapt to the quickly changing nature of the pandemic, the Coalition for Workplace Safety, which includes ARTBA, wrote in a May 28 letter to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

A better approach is OSHA’s current practice of issuing guidance tailored to the specific needs of different industries and situations, the coalition wrote. “Employers and employees alike are far better served by an approach that focuses on disseminating the latest information available and tailoring safety guidance to reflect the rapidly evolving understanding of this public health emergency than a rigid standard that would limit our collective ability to quickly adjust to changing circumstances.”  

 ARTBA will continue to monitor and update our membership on the progress of this legislation.