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Biden will ask OSHA to reconsider decision to skip emergency coronavirus standards

OSHA can, under certain circumstances, issue emergency temporary standards that take effect immediately and remain in effect until it issues a permanent standard, according to the agency. The follow-up standard is “subject to the usual procedure for adopting a permanent standard except that a final ruling should be made within six months,” OSHA said on its website; additionally, temporary standards may be challenged in court.

Despite calls from worker advocates, OSHA has to date declined to issue any standard with respect to the coronavirus pandemic.

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