It's official; CA has infectious airborne disease standard

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 14, 2009

The first standard to protect healthcare workers from the spread of airborne pathogens will go into effect in California August 5.

As the OSHA Healthcare Connection reported earlier, Cal/OSHA Standards Board unanimously approved the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard on May 21. Now the ATD standard will be added to the California Code of Regulations as Title 8, section 5199, according to a July 7 Cal/OSHA news release.

To read about the specific requirements of the standard, go to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor post, “Aerosol transmissible disease standard approved for California.

Also, accompanying the ATD standard is the Zoonotic Disease standard, which covers employees working around animals where many infectious diseases originate.

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