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OSHA's Latest Changes on Vaccine Recording Requirements

Construction Dive has posted in their latest article the changes that OSHA has made in regards to requirements for vaccine recordkeeping. We have summarized their article on the key factors involving the regulatory changes, but to read the full article click

In updated guidance, the agency said it does not wish to disincentivize employers' vaccination efforts.

In a complete change in course, OSHA said on Friday, May 21, 2021, that employers do not need to record adverse reactions from COVID-19 vaccines on their OSHA 300 logs.

The new guidance is in effect at least until May 2022 and applies regardless of whether an employer requires, recommends, or incentivizes employees to get vaccinated. It rescinds previous guidance that stated employers that require their employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment must record any adverse reactions to the vaccine if the reaction is:

  • Work-related (if getting the vaccine is a condition of employment, then it is work-related).

  • A new case.

  • Meets one or more of the general recording criteria specified in 29 CFR 1904.7.

In its updated guidance, the agency stated they are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and “does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations," 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. The agency further stated it would reevaluate its position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.

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