ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley issued the following statement as the U.S. Department of Labor released its long awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which targets healthcare and does not cover other workplaces under the jurisdiction of OSHA or MSHA.
NSSGA has been working closely with MSHA and NIOSH to help promote vaccinations across the aggregates industry. Instead of pushing an unnecessary ETS, we strongly encourage you to focus on efforts to promote vaccinations as they are most efficient and effective way to keep employees safe from COVID-19.
We do not believe an ETS is either necessary or practical at this time, particularly for the aggregates industry, which already has strong tailored programs in place. If OSHA does determine an ETS should be issued, then the ETS should focus on industries that have demonstrated heightened risk, prioritize flexibility, and allow for a stakeholder comment period before it is issued.