STRONGLY OPPOSE ADOPTING A PERMANENT STANDARD
As a Human Resources Manager 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. Construction worked for four and a half months under CDC and OSHA guidelines before the Emergency Temporary Standard became effective, July 27,2020. During those months we implemented critical safety measures to ensure the health of our employees. The federal guidelines for construction were working and additional regulations were duplicative and unnecessary.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.