Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation hosted an informational session Dec. 14 regarding the federal OSHA Temporary Emergency Standard for COVID 19 Vaccines and Testing.
“We are aware there are lots of legal actions surrounding this mandate,” said Libby Adams, SCIDF Executive Director. “However, we want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information possible.” Shelby County and regional industries were invited to attend in-person at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville.
Chuck Stribling, a representative of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and OSH Federal-State Coordinator, explained the layers of court proceedings and regulation protocol such standards must follow before becoming officially adopted or enforceable in the state of Kentucky.
The federal standard is currently under a court stay, meaning no action can be taken to enforce vaccine/testing requirements at worksites at this time. Kentucky is a “state plan” state, which means federal OSHA does not operate in Kentucky, but the Kentucky OSH program must meet all federal standards. Stribling stressed he cannot advise industries on what actions they should or should not take, but he did provide resources for business leaders to follow the status of the standard and how individuals can provide input for this process.
Those wanting updates on the status of the standard should sign up at RegWatch (https://secure.kentucky.gov/regwatch/).
Those wanting to comment on the OHSA Temporary Emergency Standard, should visit https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/OSHA-2021-0007-0001.
The full text of the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: Emergency Temporary Standard can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/document/OSHA-2021-0007-0001.
Additional industrial safety and health information is available through KYSAFE, under the Kentucky Department of Labor. John Clabaugh, Safety Branch Manager, said free and confidential services are available through his office. Services include training, consultation, partnerships, and e-training. More information can be found at https://kysafe.ky.gov.