New Bill Calls For Increased Protections Against Airborne Infections

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ALBANY – A new bill is calling for increased protections against airborne infectious diseases for workers in New York State.

Known as the Hero Act, the bill is now on its way to the State Senate after passing through the State Assembly.

If passed, companies would be required to adopt a model or similar standard to one created by the Department of Labor and Department of Health.

Assembly leaders say there are currently no specific state or federal laws protecting workers from airborne diseases. He says the need for protection became evident after the start of the pandemic.


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