Q: Our medical practice has fewer than 10 workers. Aren’t there some OSHA standards that we would not have to follow because of our size?
A: The fewer-than-10-employee rule has nothing to do with whether an OSHA hazards standard applies to a workplace.
The rule may exempt some businesses from recordkeeping requirements , planned inspections, and in some isolated cases having a written plan (e.g., emergency action plans). But OSHA’s perspective is that if one employee is exposed to a hazard— for example, bloodborne pathogens —it is the same as 100, and there must be compliance to all aspects of the standard.