Safety Speak: Employees & COVID-19 Vaccines - How to Thoughtfully Encourage Vaccination

Episode 61

Safety Speak: Employees & COVID-19 Vaccines - How to Thoughtfully Encourage Vaccination

Listen in on top safety news topics such as OSHA's new National Emphasis Program, the FDA's recommendations for coronavirus screening tests and how to thoughtfully encourage COVID-19 vaccinations without mandates.

It has become painfully obvious that coronavirus has changed the landscape of our lives in nearly every way. A year into the pandemic, OH&S Editor Sydny Shepard is diving into the biggest issues safety professionals are dealing with: a new National Emphasis Program from OSHA to protect employees from the virus, new FDA recommendations on how to add COVID-19 screening tests to their employee testing programs and how to incentivize coronavirus vaccinations without mandating them—a move that could lead to costly litigation. 

Joining Sydny to talk about employers, employees and the COVID-19 vaccine is Chelsea Smith, a labor and employment attorney at the national law firm Hall Estill. Chelsea has some great advice for those who are looking to skip a mandate and use incentives to encourage the vaccination of employees. But what happens when someone won't—or can't—get the vaccine? You'll have to listen to find out!

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About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the former editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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