MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:37:39 +0000 Biden tasks job safety agency with virus mandate http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/6304e93db98b407d8e4ab3d301a34dd1 President Biden has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to write a rule requiring employers with 100 or more workers to mandate employees either get vaccinated or produce weekly test results showing they are virus free. (Sept. 16) 6304e93db98b407d8e4ab3d301a34dd1 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:34:13 +0000 UPDATED SCRIPT SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++SOUNDBITES SEPARARTED BY WHITE FLASH++ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington - 15 September 20211. SOUNDBITE (English) David Michaels, Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health:"The hazard in this case is the infectious worker, and this rule will tell employers you have to take steps to make sure potentially infectious workers don't come into the workplace. And you could do that by finding out if they're fully vaccinated or have been tested recently and found to be negative or they can telework or they could do something else, but they can't come into your workplace and spread the virus to other workers."++WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Michaels, Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health:"OSHA will have to answer questions like, what does it mean to be fully vaccinated? Which vaccines are acceptable and which ones aren't? You know, there are people who have come from other countries which have vaccines that are not authorized by the US FDA. What tests will be acceptable? Does it have to be a PCR test? Can be an antigen test in a rapid test or not?"++WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Michaels, Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health: "In issuing an emergency temporary standard, OSHA has to show that there is a grave danger to workers. And that this standard will help reduce that danger. I think what OSHA's planning to do here very clearly fits those requirements and I'm not worried about a court saying it doesn't."++WHITE FLASH++4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Michaels, Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health:"I think there'll be some unhappiness about people who are fundamentally opposed to vaccination. But right here, there are some options, you don't have to get vaccinated. If you've made the choice for yourself not to get vaccinated, the reason you should be tested is you don't want to be sick and then spread the disease to others. So, you make your choice around vaccination, I think it's a crazy choice and you're threatening your family. You're putting other people in danger. But this emergency temporary standard doesn't require anybody to get vaccinated. It just says you have to show that you're not infectious when you go to the workplace."++EDIT ENDS ON A SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:President Joe Biden has thrown the Occupational Safety and Health Administration into the national debate over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This month, the president directed OSHA to write a rule requiring employers with at least 100 workers to mandate that employees get vaccinated or produce weekly test results showing they are virus free.The assignment is sure to test an understaffed agency that has struggled to defend its authority in court. And the legal challenges to Biden's vaccine mandate will be unrelenting: Republican governors and others call it an egregious example of government overreach. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, for instance, has already vowed to fight the mandate "to the gates of hell.''When Congress created OSHA 50 years ago to police workplace safety, 38 workers were dying on the job every day. Now that figure is closer to 15 — even though the American workforce is has grown. OSHA sets standards for safety equipment and writes rules designed to protect workers from toxic chemicals and dangers such as rickety scaffolding and cave-ins at construction sites."The hazard in this case is the infectious worker, and this rule will tell employers you have to take steps to make sure potentially infectious workers don't come into the workplace," said former OSHA director David Michaels.OSHA will use its power under a 1970 law to issue an expedited rule, called an "emergency temporary standard'' or ETS, and bypass its own cumbersome rulemaking process. To fast-track the rule, OSHA must show that it is acting to protect workers from a "grave danger.'' "I think what OSHA's plan to do here very clearly fits those requirements and I'm not worried about a court saying it doesn't," said Michaels, who teaches at the George Washington University School of Public Health.In June, OSHA issued a COVID-19 ETS but it applied only to the healthcare industry.The broader mandate the White House announced this month will cover 80 million employees.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. President Biden has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to write a rule requiring employers with 100 or more workers to mandate employees either get vaccinated or produce weekly test results showing they are virus free. (Sept. 16) Biden tasks job safety agency with virus mandate