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