Health-care workers file lawsuit against OSHA, accusing agency of failing to keep them safe


Unions repre­senting hundreds of thousands of nurses and health-care workers filed a lawsuit against the Occupa­tional Safety and Health Admin­is­tra­tion on Thursday, alleging that the agency is violating its duties to keep workers safe by failing to issue an infec­tious-disease standard to protect health-care workers during the pandemic.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Feder­a­tion of Teachers, American Feder­a­tion of State, County and Munic­ipal Employees, the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion and the United Nurses Associ­a­tions of California with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. It alleges OSHA’s decision not to set safety standards about infec­tious diseases is unrea­son­able and unlawful” and a viola­tion of federal law that requires the agency to issue standards for signif­i­cant health risks.


WASHINGTON POST: Health-care workers file lawsuit against OSHA, accusing agency of failing to keep them safe (10/29/20)