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State Adopts Federal Safety Rules in Health Care

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The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations on Thursday announced that the state is adopting the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary standard that addressed workplace safety in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada OSHA said health care employers must comply with most provisions, which address such issues as sanitation, time off for illness or vaccinations, antiretaliation measures and personal protective equipment, within 14 days.

The agency says it will use its enforcement discretion to avoid citing employers that miss a compliance deadline but are making a good-faith effort to comply.

In addition to formally adopting the federal ETS, Nevada OSHA announced updates to its guidance for business operations for all non-health care businesses in the state. The updated guidance, which went into effect Thursday, addresses topics including vaccination, face coverings, personal protective equipment, congregation of employees, sanitation practices, health monitoring, prevention plans and job hazard analysis.

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