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Maryland congressmen urge Governor to strengthen COVID-19 protections for workers

November 12, 2020

We’re glad to see members of Maryland’s congressional delegation urging Governor Larry Hogan to strengthen COVID-19 protections for workers. In a recent letter, they called on the Governor to issue an executive order “directing the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) agency to develop and implement an enforceable emergency temporary standard (ETS) to prevent, contain, and mitigate community spread of COVID-19.” Thank you, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Sen. Ben Cardin, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Anthony Brown, Rep. Kweisi Mfume, and Rep. David Trone!

The PJC’s Workplace Justice Project is concerned with MOSH’s inadequate response to workplace health and safety complaints, both generally and related to COVID-19. In recent months, we have filed complaints with MOSH on behalf of workers, but MOSH’s response has been inadequate. Accordingly, we filed a Complaint About State Program Administration (CASPA) regarding our experience with MOSH with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We are also advocating for MOSH to develop and adopt permanent standards related to aerosol transmissible diseases.