What is OSHA and what vaccine mandate is Biden asking them to make?

OSHA was founded back in 1971 and is responsible for all things related to health and safety in the workplace.

Over 50 years later, the government agency is still around and now President Joe Biden is looking to them for help to end the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is OSHA?

OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it is known as a government agency through the Department of Labor.

The agency was created by Congress to "ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance."

OSHA is responsible for creating health and safety standards for different job fields as well as enforcing them.

If OSHA inspectors find that a company is not following protocols, they can issue fines of $136,532 per violation if it is deemed willful or a repeat problem.

What rule is Biden asking OSHA to make?

On September 9, 2021, Biden announced his new Covid Plan which involves asking OSHA for a little help.

Biden announced on Thursday that he is looking for the agency to create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

He is also looking for OSHA to mandate that the businesses offer employees paid time off to get vaccinated.

"We're in the tough stretch and it could last for a while," Biden said. "To make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19.

"Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they're ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from Covid in their communities. This is totally unacceptable."

Along with his request, Biden also announced that he is planning on requiring federal government employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, which is expected to affect more than 80 million workers.

Who founded OSHA?

OSHA was first created in 1970 by the United States Congress and President
Richard Nixon in order to ensure that workers won't have to choose between their life and their job.

After being passed with bipartisan support, it made it clear that
the right to a safe workplace is a basic human right.

During his presidency, Nixon was also a part of creating the Environmental Protection Agency which protects environmental matters.

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