It’s official; CA adds ATD standard

By: July 15th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

As an update to a previous post, the California aerosol transmissible disease (ATD) standard becomes effective August 5 when the it will be added to the California Code of Regulations as Title 8, section 5199, according to a July 7 Cal/OSHA news release.

“The ATD standard provides guidance on how to protect employees from exposure to diseases that are well known, like TB, and those that are novel, like what we have just experienced with the recent appearance of H1N1 flu,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Len Welsh.

Details of the standard’s requirements for a variety of healthcare facility types are available on the Cal/OSHA Web page.

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


By Cynthia McMaster on July 28th, 2009 at 9:08 am

It is time. Thanks for the work on airborne transmission. We all to often think if we cannot see it, then it doesn’t exist, and ignorance is our greatest enemy with germ transmissions.

By Andrea Peterson on May 13th, 2010 at 8:22 am

OSHA does NOT need to develope any standards for airborne transmission of infectious agents. There are enough agencies already addressing infection control and progulmating rules. In a time when healthcare expenses are “out of the ballpark” it makes no sense to add another layer of rules that could create more confusion and increase costs. If anyone in the government was really in cutting healthcare costs they would begin by setting one standard set of rules rather than letting any and all governing agencies set their own rules and regulations.


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