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Ask the expert: Massage therapists and OSHA

Q: According to OSHA guidelines, are the massage therapists in our facility considered healthcare workers?

A: Compliance with OSHA standards depends not so much on either job title or business classification as on the potential for occupational exposure.

For example, take the Bloodborne Pathogen standard [1], which says:

Occupational Exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties.

Using the definition above, you should be able to determine which of your employees are covered under the Bloodborne Pathogens standard—other OSHA standards may also apply. In some situations, a massage therapist would have potential for occupational exposure.

OSHA says it is the employer’s responsibility to assess and identify workers exposed to occupational hazards and to comply with standards accordingly.

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