House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL), and Committee Democrats introduced the COVID-19 Worker Protection Act of 2020 (H.R. 6139) (press release; legislative text).
H.R. 6139 would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to promulgate (within one month after enactment) an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect health care workers and other workers identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having an elevated risk from occupational exposure to COVID-19.
Specifically, the emergency standard must require employers of health care workers and other identified workers to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan. At a minimum, the plan must be based on the 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings. The emergency temporary standard would take effect immediately and would be in effect until superseded by a permanent standard. It would also serve as a proposed permanent standard and go through the usual procedures to become permanent