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The New York State Nurses Association ‘Applauds Designation’ Of COVID-19 ‘As An Airborne Infectious Disease’ Under New York State’s Hero Act

Published Wednesday, September 8, 2021
by NYSNA News
The New York State Nurses Association ‘Applauds Designation’ Of COVID-19 ‘As An Airborne Infectious Disease’ Under New York State’s Hero Act

(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York State Nurses Association is applauding Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker for designating COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease under the State's HERO Act.

The HERO Act requires all employers to implement Workplace Safety Plans to prevent workplace infections and mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Under the law, all employers are required to adopt a Workplace Safety Plan and implement it for all airborne infectious diseases designated by the New York State Department of Health.

Employers can adopt a Model Safety Plan as crafted by the New York State Department of Labor or develop their own safety plan in compliance with HERO Act standards.

“We have said all along that COVID-19 was a highly contagious airborne disease and that more needed to be done to keep Workers safe,” NYSNA President and Registered Nurse (RN) Nancy Hagans said.

“To truly protect Workers, we need more information on aerosol transmission of respiratory viruses - but to date, the conversation has focused on vaccines without a full accounting of other measures than influence transmission rates.  In making this designation, the Governor’s Office and the Health Commissioner are clearing the way to providing what Workers truly need - additional information,” Hagans said.

NYSNA represents more than 42,000 Members across the state and is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for RNs.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.nysna.org/press/2021/nysna-applauds-designation-covid-19-airborne-infectious-disease-under-new-york-state%E2%80%99s#.YTi1UY5KiiM

 

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