Eshoo Applauds “Long-Overdue” Rules to Protect Health Care Workers

June 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Labor Department issued emergency rules to protect health care workers from Covid-19:

“After over a year of frontline health workers putting their lives at risk to battle the pandemic, I’m relieved to see long overdue, enforceable standards put in place to ensure their safety. I’ve heard from constituent members of National Nurses United (NNU) and the American Nurses Association that many health care workers still do not have access to safe and effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95s, and many are being forced to reuse or go without PPE. With the new workplace protections, these dangerous practices should finally come to an end, giving our nation’s health care workers the security and protection from Covid-19 that they deserve.”

In May 2021 Eshoo sent a letter to President Biden calling for the administration to publish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) as soon as possible to protect our nation’s frontline workers from COVID-19.