House Democrats grilled a Labor Department official on Thursday on why the administration has not issued an Emergency Temporary Standard during the coronavirus pandemic.Loren Sweatt, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), defended the administration’s efforts to protect workers while testifying before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.“In mid-May, as workers continue to face risk of infection, illness, and death, the agency is still refusing to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus,” subcommittee Chairwoman Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsCOVID-19 could exacerbate eating disorders rates in children — here’s how to combat it Hillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups Democrats introduce legislation to ensure internet access for college students MORE (D-N.C.) said in opening the hearing. ADVERTISEMENTDemocrats, unions and worker rights advocates have called for a standard during the pandemic, and OSHA has issued guidance instead.“With the way this virus has changed and our understanding of it, our guidance documents have been able to address what we know today,” Sweatt said, adding that the administration issues new and updated guidance regularly.OSHA has received… Read full this story
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