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It’s official; CA adds ATD standard

As an update to a previous post [1], 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 [2].

“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. [3]

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