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Aired: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Time: 1pm ET
Duration: 1 Hour

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OSHA's ETS For Occupational Exposure To COVID-19: New Workplace And Training Mandates To Protect Workers  

Erika Sessions

Compliance and Policy Development Manager, CareAcademy

Erika Sessions works to aggregate compliance requirements and best practices for home care providers in senior care. Through partnership development, regulatory research, and resource creation, she strives to contribute to data-driven policy change and workforce transformation.

Adrianna Ware

RN, MSN-ED, Nurse Educator In Compliance, CareAcademy 

Adrianna Ware, RN MSN-ED has an expansive and diverse background in Nursing. She has worked on Quality and Evidence-Based Practice initiatives in various settings including one the nations top leading hospitals in Boston and multiple Fortune 500 companies. 

She is dedicated to promoting healthcare excellence and producing future leaders in healthcare through education. 

She is the proud graduate of a Historically Black College and University, Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Western Governors University where she earned her Masters in Nursing Education.


On June 21 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published in the Federal Register an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for occupational exposure to COVID-19. The ETS requires health care employers to comply with workplace and training mandates to protect their workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.

This ETS was a direct result of the Biden Administration's Executive Order "Protecting Worker Health and Safety” and requires health care employers, under specific situations, to develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. Employers included in this ruling (or "covered employers") also must implement other requirements to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in their workplaces. Further, the ETS requires employers to provide reasonable time and paid leave for employee vaccinations and any side effects and for medical removal of employees due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. (Source: OSHA)

Join CareAcademy's own Erika Sessions, Compliance and Policy Development Manager, and Adrianna Ware, RN, MSN-ED, Nurse Educator in Compliance, on August 26th at 1 pm ET as we discuss what this means for agencies and direct care workers.