NSC Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Block OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing ETS - National Safety Council

NSC Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Block OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing ETS

Vaccines are the single most effective way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

January 13, 2022

Itasca, Ill. – The National Safety Council is disappointed with the Supreme Court decision to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from fulfilling its mission of protecting workers on the job through the enforcement of the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard.

Vaccines are the single most effective way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. With almost 850,000 Americans dead, the omnipresent threat of COVID-19 is clear: There has been and continues to be an immediate grave danger in the workplace. 

“COVID-19 continues to devastate the American people, and employers must play a role in fighting this deadly virus,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “Despite the Court’s ruling, we call on employers everywhere to take responsibility for the safety of their workers by implementing a requirement for vaccination or testing, and exhausting any and all proven safety countermeasures such as masking, frequent handwashing, improved ventilation systems, and regularly disinfecting work surfaces.”

For organizations in need of assistance, the National Safety Council, in partnership with the Health Action Alliance, has developed a decision tool for business leaders that provides specific guidance and addresses key questions and considerations for workplace vaccine requirements and other safety countermeasures. 

For additional workplace vaccine-related information and resources such as reports, playbooks, webinars and surveys, visit nsc.org/safer.

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.