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9/24/20  3:08 pm
Commenter: Mike Van Sickel, Branscome Inc.

STRONGLY OPPOSED Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention


Members of the Safety and Health Code Board,


As an employer in the heavy construction industry, I oppose adopting a Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, 16VAC25-220.


I am opposed to any amendment to include other flus, viruses, colds, or other communicable diseases in any permanent standard. There is no one-size fits all plan to combat a wide variety of infectious illnesses.


The Emergency Standards are burdensome, obsolete, difficult to enforce, costly in time and money, and lack flexibility to adapt to current science and innovation. I am STRONGLY OPPOSED to the adoption of these as a Permanent Standard for what is a temporary health situation.


Thank you for the opportunity to publicly comment.  


Mike Van Sickel

Vice President

Branscome Inc.


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