The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is charged by statute to establish and enforce workplace safety and health regulations for most private employers in the country. It is also the bureaucracy tabbed by President Joe Biden to establish an “emergency” rule requiring private employers of more than 100 workers to prove that all employees have received a COVID-19 vaccination.
Reporting indicates that OSHA does not require private employers to report possibly medically damaging side effects suffered by employees from the vaccine because OSHA does not want to damage the public impression of the federal government’s vaccine campaign.
OSHA’s website now states that it and other federal agencies are “working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations,” and “as a result,” it will not enforce the federal regulation that requires private employers to “record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination.”
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The website goes on to state that under an “Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare,” OSHA is removing the reporting requirement because the agency “does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging” employers from pressing employees to get the vaccine.
The “emergency temporary” change is set to remain in place until at least May 2022. As a result, side effects of the vaccine that could be harmful to the population are likely to go unnoticed and unrecorded by companies as typically required.
The agency website adds that the agency will “reevaluate” the recording and reporting requirement suspension when the change is set to expire. The agency’s statements do not clarify how reporting and recording requirements might be affected if the vaccine mandate rule is implemented.
The agency maintains reporting regulations allowing employees to report when they believe they are being “exposed to a serious health or safety hazard,” including the possible transmission of COVID-19.
Bloomberg has reported that OSHA officials said that the agency has “several methods to hold employers accountable” regarding COVID procedures and will “investigate and punish” employers who fall short of agency rules.