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OSHA Requests Information on Occupational Exposure to Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings

May 28th, 2010

OSHA published in the May 6 Federal Register that it is requesting information and comments on occupational exposure to infectious disease where healthcare is provided, (such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, clinics in schools and correctional facilities), and healthcare related settings (e.g., laboratories that handle potentially infectious biological materials).

OSHA is interested in strategies that are being used in such healthcare and other healthcare-related work settings to ease the risk of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases. OSHA would like to collect information and data on the facilities and the tasks potentially exposing workers to this risk; successful employee infection control programs; control methodologies being utilized (including engineering, work practice, and administrative controls and personal protective equipment); medical surveillance programs; and training. OSHA will use the information received to determine what action, if any, the Agency may take to further limit the spread of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases in these types of settings. Comments must be submitted by August 4, 2010. For more information, please visit www.osha.gov.