COVID-19: Letter to HHS over weakened work protections
APHA's Occupational Health and Safety and Public Health Nursing Sections sent a letter to HHS Secretary Azar on April 13 to urge that recent weakened guidance for worker protections be rescinded.
This excellent letter was drafted by Celeste Monforton, Jonathan Rosen, Bob Harrison and others. CDC released these weakened guidelines — "Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19" — on April 8. The agency has substantially weakened its previously issued guidelines, and this will lead to an increase in the occupational spread of SARS CoV-2
Please help get this in wider distribution to your Congressional representatives (e.g., I am your constituent and want to make you aware of this letter from the OHS and PHN Sections regarding weakened guidelines for essential workers); your state and local health departments, other lists, and even press contacts, etc.
The letter was cc’ed to:
CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, Jr., MD
NIOSH Director John Howard, MD, MPH
NIAID Director, Anthony S. Fauci, MD
NIEHS, Acting Director, Rick Woychik, PhD
OSHA, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor, Loren Sweatt
"I'm a Member" Podcast
The OHS Section presents the "I'm a Member" podcast. Each five-minute podcast features a member of the OHS Section who explains their reasons for being an APHA member, particularly of the OHS Section. The first three in the series feature Tessa Bonney, MPH; Walter Jones, MS, CIH; and Emma Tsu, PhD, MPH. Listen to the podcasts from your smartphone or web browser. Please contact us if you want to be interviewed for a future podcast or have feedback on topics!
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