Dear members of the safety and health codes board,
The purpose of this comment is to emphatically oppose making the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard permanent. As a member of our company's management team, I can affirm without the slightest doubt that the ETS is overly burdensome and at times frustratingly ambiguous. Below I have detailed several reasons this position.
I could go on but the main point is that both the ambiguous and burdensome language in this standard has already put a strain on employers during these uncertain times. We have spent far too many hours simply trying to find answers that the ETS should have had clarified to begin with. The requirements that we do understand cost us a lot in time and money to comply with, which once again reinforces that this standard should not be made permanent. There is no good reason to make this ETS permanent, as it would only continue to burden employers who were already subject to abiding by the Governor's executive orders relating to COVID-19. The ETS was and still is bad for business, and I have yet to see any positive or gain come from it.
We will continue to make good faith efforts to keep our employees safe and follow public health best practices. Please support your local businesses and reject any extension of the Emergency Temporary Standard.
Thanks for your time,