DeSantis VS OSHA

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), has been in the news recently. DeSantis and the Republican legislature recently passed a bill withdrawing Florida from the national OSHA plan and establishing a Florida plan. On his run for the Presidency, DeSantis tries to avoid a federal OSHA standard requiring companies of over 100 employees to mandate COVID vaccines.

Imagine this, if you will. You own a company that processes fruit on a long assembly line. You have a hundred employees standing hip to hip processing your product. Perhaps half of your employees are vaccinated, but some won't get the vaccine. The unvaccinated group doesn't think the vaccine is safe; they don't want a needle in their arm or they believe the vaccine will magnetize them. Some might think the vaccine has microchips in it and will allow the government to track them. Others think the vaccine will alter their DNA or make them sick. In any event, they don't want to be vaccinated.

But some employees on the line can’t get vaccinated because they are immunodeficient or hold strong religious beliefs about medical care.

Imagine one of the “I don’t want to be vaccinated” employees come to work with COVID-19 and infect their fellow employees. The production line will be a petri dish for COVID. Before long, employees with immunodeficient conditions or the unvaccinated because of religious beliefs might get the disease. Some might die because of their underlying conditions.

To prevent this, OSHA has set a standard that says you must undergo regular COVID-19 testing unless you are vaccinated and wear a face covering at work. In addition, the employer is required to pay for both the weekly testing and the face covering. There are other reporting requirements in the standards, but they are common-sense actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While there is nothing wrong with Florida having its own state plan, it will have to meet Federal standards and cost us more in money and employee time. All this so DeSantis can be the Republican presidential candidateOSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), has been in the news recently. DeSantis and the Republican legislature recently passed a bill withdrawing Florida from the national OSHA plan and establishing a Florida plan. On his run for the Presidency, DeSantis tries to avoid a federal OSHA standard requiring companies of over 100 employees to mandate COVID vaccines.

Imagine this, if you will. You own a company that processes fruit on a long assembly line. You have a hundred employees standing hip to hip processing your product. Perhaps half of your employees are vaccinated, but some won't get the vaccine. The unvaccinated group doesn't think the vaccine is safe; they don't want a needle in their arm or they believe the vaccine will magnetize them. Some might think the vaccine has microchips in it and will allow the government to track them. Others think the vaccine will alter their DNA or make them sick. In any event, they don't want to be vaccinated.

But some employees on the line can’t get vaccinated because they are immunodeficient or hold strong religious beliefs about medical care.

Imagine one of the “I don’t want to be vaccinated” employees come to work with COVID-19 and infect their fellow employees. The production line will be a petri dish for COVID. Before long, employees with immunodeficient conditions or the unvaccinated because of religious beliefs might get the disease. Some might die because of their underlying conditions.

To prevent this, OSHA has set a standard that says you must undergo regular COVID-19 testing unless you are vaccinated and wear a face covering at work. In addition, the employer is required to pay for both the weekly testing and the face covering. There are other reporting requirements in the standards, but they are common-sense actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While there is nothing wrong with Florida having its own state plan, it will have to meet Federal standards and cost us more in money and employee time. All this so DeSantis can be the Republican presidential candidate

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