Members of the Safety and Health Code Board,
I am part of an underground utility contractor here in Virginia. We provide essential service to support the infrastructure needs in the Commonwealth. 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 diseases.
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 permanent standard for what is a temporary health situation.
I remain committed to the health and safety of my coworkers and employees and thank you for the opportunity to publically comment.