Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has reopened the comment period on its June 2021 interim final rule establishing an Emergency Temporary Standard governing occupational exposure to COVID-19 in healthcare settings, codified at 29 C.F.R. § 1910 Subpart U (“Healthcare ETS”).

While this reopening reaches certain questions and issues presented by OSHA and not the entire rule, the reopening of the comment period signals the beginning of the effort to finalize a permanent standard by OSHA only three months after the agency withdrew the Healthcare ETS. The Healthcare ETS required healthcare organizations to develop a COVID-19 plan for its workplace that included health screening and management, masking, distancing, and support for vaccination. The Healthcare ETS was withdrawn in December 2021 because OSHA determined that its efforts to establish a permanent standard would exceed the six-month time period allowed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The notice reopening the comment period gives stakeholders both an early view into potential regulatory outcomes of the final rule as well as a series of information requests.
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On July 23, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice soliciting public comments on the development of a new long-term care facilities strategy module of the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination. This module will be part of a broader plan to reduce healthcare-associated infections

HHS is seeking comments on it updated National Action Plan to eliminate HAIs in acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical settings, and end-stage renal disease facilities and to promote the influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. HHS is accepting comments on the revised Action Plan through June 25, 2012. HHS also has announced that a new phase