A membership organization of communications infrastructure contractors has sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a public comment period on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed vaccine mandate.
NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association sent the letter to the president, who announced new COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Sept. 9 with the goal of ensuring 100 million unvaccinated Americans become vaccinated.
“The order requires employers with more than 100 employees to either mandate their employees be vaccinated or conduct weekly testing of unvaccinated employees,” a statement from NATE reads. “The president also ordered that all federal contractors working on federal property be vaccinated, with no option for testing.”
Under the temporary emergency standard, NATE said, OSHA will be allowed to enact a rule immediately if “workers are in grave danger due to exposure to toxic substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or to new hazards.” According to NATE, because of the emergency procedures under which the rule is being drafted, OSHA has stated that there will be no public comment period for the proposed rule.
“NATE surveyed our members to determine how contractors believe vaccine mandates would impact their respective small businesses, and it is clear that the association’s members have serious concerns about this pending rule,” said Todd Washam, NATE director of government relations and Wireless Industry Network. “We urge President Biden and OSHA to open a public comment period so the administration can hear directly from NATE’s small business members and gain a better understanding of how vaccine mandates would impact their workforce and the country’s ambitious 5G and broadband deployment goals.”