Tell OSHA: Workers Need Coronavirus Protections

The coronavirus pandemic has turned millions of workers into essential personnel, working on the frontlines of a crisis without sufficient protections from their employers. Our government can and should do more to protect workers from preventable and unnecessary coronavirus risks in the workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government agency responsible for ensuring that safe working conditions are established and enforced across the country. However, just as more people are getting sick at work, OSHA has investigated fewer workplaces and reduced their enforcement activities, leaving workers unprotected. 

We’re calling on OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect workers across the country who show up to work every day despite unprecedented health risks. An ETS would create vital enforceable safety standards and avert further preventable workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 — but OSHA must act now.

Follow the link below to the OSHA comment page. Here’s a draft message you can send to make your voice heard — just copy and paste it, or make it your own!

Sample Message:

To whom it may concern,

The coronavirus pandemic has turned millions of workers into essential personnel, serving on the frontlines of a crisis. But their lives are being put at risk by employers who refuse to establish safety precautions and COVID-19 protections in their workplaces. 

The government must create stronger, enforceable workplace safety standards during this time of crisis, to protect essential and vulnerable workers in industries across the country who are facing unprecedented risks to their health and safety. 

OSHA must establish an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers and carry out their duty to enforce workplace health and safety standards. Countless workers across the country show up to work every day despite unprecedented health risks. An ETS would create vital enforceable safety standards and avert further preventable workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 — but OSHA must act now. 

Thank you for your time.