OSHA REVERSES COURSE ON RECORDING ADVERSE VACCINE REACTIONS
DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts. As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.
At this time and into May of next year, employers do NOT need to record any adverse effects from the COVID-19 vaccine experienced by employees, regardless of whether the employer mandates or encourages the vaccine.
The updated FAQ can be found at https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/faqs#vaccine under the “Vaccine Related” tab.Torrey J. Gerdes