Time to weigh in on infectious diseases standard: OSHA wants to know

By: May 10th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

For all who hold strong opinions on whether or not OSHA should pursue developing an infectious diseases standard—by the look of the comments there were a lot of you, mainly opposed—the agency has opened the comment period for stakeholders.

The request for information (RFI) that appeared in the May 6 Federal Register can be found here.

The agency is especially interested in knowing what strategies currently used in healthcare and related work settings mitigate the risk of work-acquired infectious diseases. Information needed includes:

  • Facilities type
  • Tasks potentially exposing workers
  • Examples of successful employee infection control programs
  • Control methodologies being utilized (including engineering, work practice, and administrative controls and personal protective equipment)
  • Medical surveillance programs
  • Training

The RFI reminds that OSHA already has a standard for bloodborne pathogens which are not included in this request.

Submit comments electronically, for docket number OSHA-2010-0003 at www.regulations.gov.

The comment period closes August 4.


By jlruggeri on May 10th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I train dental offices on how to become OSHA compliant. From what I have observed at my initial inspection of the offices I feel an infectious disease standard set by OSHA would be a great idea.

By Jean Davis on May 14th, 2010 at 9:04 am

We have CDC Standards, OSHA’s Bloodborne Standard, what we need is for “someone” to make them MANDATORY, then for OSHA and other regulating agencies to enforce the mandatory part. When one walks into a facility as a new hire that person if they have already worked in another facility should know or at least have an idea of what the standards are, but it is sad that they don’t and Administration doesn’t appear to know the standards are fail to enforce them. No one requests to see the training records, so how can they know what is being or attempted to be presented.

By J Chapman on May 14th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I agree with Jean Davis, We need someone to make the existing CDC recommendations Mandatory and enforceable. We do not need more regulations. Training is a key to any program, and that “ain’t happenen” because it is not enforced. I work with dental offices helping them become compliant with OSHA reggulations. My business is thriving, because most employers want to comply with OSHA and CDC, and thereby protect their patients and employees, but do not have the time to research and stay on top of ever changing regulations and recommendations. Please do not add to their confusion


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