Park Ridge, IL – The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization with 36,000 members worldwide, recently released the following statement in response to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard to better protect America’s healthcare workers from exposure to COVID-19 from ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN:
“ASSP supports efforts by OSHA that aim to safeguard healthcare workers across the country from the airborne spread of the virus. The emergency temporary standard is a necessary action that will help employers across the healthcare sector take vital measures to better protect some of our most vulnerable workers and ultimately save lives.
While we are still analyzing the components of the standard, we know there are benefits to having a unified approach with requirements and guidance to lead healthcare facilities in the same direction to achieve safer and healthier work environments.
The use of standards is an effective way to implement strong controls that improve occupational safety and health. We are immediately making ASSP members aware of this emergency temporary standard and are working to ensure that its application in healthcare settings is understood.”