October 05, 2007 | | Comments 0
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OSHA isn’t checking for annual TB fit-testing yet

Hi everyone —

It’s Scott Wallask up at HCPro. Just an FYI, an OSHA spokesperson confirmed for me today that the agency has not started inspecting for annual fit-testing for tuberculosis (TB), despite what you might have read elsewhere.

OSHA, like all of us, is awaiting final approval of the funding budget for fiscal year 2008. When that happens, it is almost certain that the annual TB fit-testing enforcement will be in effect.

Since 2004, Congress has prohibited OSHA from using budget funds to enforce annual fit-testing provisions for TB, which falls under the respiratory protection standard. But politics and that fellow who snuck back into the country with TB in May shifted the landscape.

Scott W.

swallask@hcpro.com

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com) and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at swallask@hcpro.com.

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