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OSHA indicates more activity coming for infectious disease protection

Hospital Safety Insider, April 28, 2010

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OSHA isn’t focusing on just aerosol transmissible disease for new regulations; instead it is considering a standard applying to all possible routes of infectious disease transmission.

That was the information conveyed by David Michaels, assistant secretary for OSHA, during his regulatory Web chat on April 26.
 
The agency’s infectious disease request for information (RFI) is currently with the Office of Management and Budget for review, and a fact sheet about the RFI says that such regulation could protect 16.5 million healthcare and social service workers from infectious diseases via contact, droplet, and airborne transmission routes.
 
Read more about this proposal from our sister blog, OSHA Healthcare Advisor.



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