OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
We want to express our appreciation for your diligence in following our New Ways of Working and CoorsTek protocols since the pandemic started. Like the virus itself, we have gone through some changes and implemented new protocols as needed along the way. We wanted to share that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. CoorsTek has determined that most of our existing protocols are already in compliance with the new ETS, and they have helped keep us safe while at work but there are some key changes that we need to prepare for:
- Action Required Now - By January 10, 2022, CoorsTek is required to have a roster showing our US employees’ vaccination status. To comply with this new rule from OSHA, all vaccinated employees will be required to upload a copy of their vaccination records to Workday. Your HRBP will provide you with a job aid and additional details next week.
- Required on January 10 - In alignment with the ETS after January 10, CoorsTek must make a slight change to our current mask policy. After January 10, unvaccinated employees will be required to wear masks at all times - even if they are socially distanced (except when outdoors, when eating/drinking or when in an enclosed office alone with the door closed) unless otherwise required by local mandates or CoorsTek protocols. In some counties, all employees regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask. Where not required by mandates or internal protocols, vaccinated employees have the option of wearing a mask.
- Required February 9 - Effective February 9, 2022, unvaccinated employees will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. CoorsTek is working out the details of this program. Religious and medical exemptions to mask requirements or testing requirements will be considered.
CoorsTek is aware that the ETS has and may continue to face legal challenges. Most recently, the stay that had been in place, essentially pausing the implementation, was lifted on December 17. If the implementation goals of the ETS change, we will share additional information and details at that time.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy and follow our protocols to reduce the risk of becoming ill.
For more information regarding the OSHA ETS please review OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/ets2/faqs
OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard