Vaccine mandate for firms of 100+ to go into effect Jan. 10


December 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: The National Pest Management Association will host a webinar about this topic on Jan. 7. Registration details to come soon.
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On Saturday, Dec. 18, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an update on its website regarding the vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more employees:

OSHA is gratified the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. OSHA can now once again implement this vital workplace health standard, which will protect the health of workers by mitigating the spread of the unprecedented virus in the workplace.

To account for any uncertainty created by the stay, OSHA is exercising enforcement discretion with respect to the compliance dates of the ETS. To provide employers with sufficient time to come into compliance, OSHA will not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard. OSHA will work closely with the regulated community to provide compliance assistance.

In an email to members on Dec. 20, the National Pest Management Association pointed out that “multiple groups are appealing to the Supreme Court for an emergency stay, given how short the timeframe is to comply. It is unclear whether the Supreme Court might take it up, and if so, what the outcome will be. Therefore, it is essential that your company prepare to comply with this rule.”

Pest Management Professional will continue to follow this issue as it evolves. For past, in-depth coverage, please see the following:


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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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