OSHA conducts review of bloodborne pathogens standard

By: May 17th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

If you’ve ever had any suggestion on what OSHA should do with its Bloodborne Pathogens standard, your time has arrived.

The agency is conducting a routine assessment required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act Review of the standard, which has been in place since December 6, 1991. The purpose of the review, which was  published in the May 14 Federal Register, seeks information on the standard’s effectiveness in protecting workers from exposure to bloodborne infections and diseases and whether other factors, such as technology, have eliminated the need for continuing the rule.

In particular the agency is interested in hearing about:

  • Exposures in non-hospital settings
  • Recent technological advances in needlestick prevention
  • Effectiveness of needlestick prevention programs
  • New emerging health risks from bloodborne pathogens

To submit electronic comments go to www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. OSHA-2007-0080. The comment period is open until August 12, 2010.


By LLoyd F. on May 18th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Hey David:

We’re preparing to direct traffic to this page and noticed an ambiguity. Please advise the meaning of your sentence regarding OSHA Review notice above:
“The comment period is open August 12, 2010.” Does this mean ‘open to August 12th’, or is open ‘beginning August 12’?
Please send us an email soonest to clarify.
Put in subject line: ‘OSHA Review’. Thank you & best regards.


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