OSHA issues inspection rules for swine flu hazards

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 24, 2009

On Friday, November 20, OSHA posted a compliance directive for inspections concerning workplace exposures to potential or confirmed H1N1 swine flu patients.

The document will help to ensure uniform procedures “when conducting inspections to identify and minimize or eliminate high to very high risk occupational exposures to the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, according to the OSHA news release.”

The directive closely follows last month’s CDC’s guidance on hierarchy of controls, vaccination of workers, and other work practices, including following the Respiratory Protection standard for worker training and fit testing where respirators are required to be used.

For more details on the directive, see today’s featured post in the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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