Federal occupational safety and health standards—COVID-19 emergency temporary standard adopted by reference, 10.20
LABOR SERVICES DIVISION
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to emergency temporary standard related to COVID-19 and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Labor Commissioner hereby proposes to amend Chapter 10, "General Industry Safety and Health Rules," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 88.5.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 88.
Purpose and Summary
The Iowa Labor Commissioner is required to adopt by reference changes to the U.S. Department of Labor's occupational safety and health standards. This proposed rule making would adopt by reference federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new emergency temporary standard (ETS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ETS applies only to certain locations where health care services are provided, and it is set to expire after six months. The ETS focuses on those workplaces where employees care for people with the COVID-19 virus and people with an unknown viral status.
In the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Labor published a large amount of data as part of its economic analysis. The analysis concluded the ETS is economically feasible and the benefits far outweigh the costs. However, data specific to Iowa is not available.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Commissioner for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 875—Chapter 5.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Commissioner no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 15, 2021. Comments should be directed to:
Division of Labor Services
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
If requested, a public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:
September 15, 2021
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Commissioner and advise of specific needs.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
Emergency Rule Making Adopted by Reference
This proposed rule making is also published herein as an Adopted and Filed Emergency rule making (see ARC 5847C, IAB 8/11/21). The purpose of this Notice of Intended Action is to solicit public comment on that emergency rule making, whose subject matter is hereby adopted by reference.