OSHA Clarifies Reporting of COVID Vaccine Symptoms
Thanks to intervention by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which the National Framers Council is part of, OSHA has re-evaluated their FAQs Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions. Specifically, on Friday they revised their FAQ on recording adverse reactions related to COVID-19 vaccinations.
Are adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine recordable on the OSHA recordkeeping log?
DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.
This policy change is a very positive development for the construction industry and the larger business community.