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OSHA QuickTakes: OSHA Requests Information on Infectious Disease Hazards in the Workplace
May 20, 2010, 9:31 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

In the last 10 years, the number of healthcare workers in the United States has increased from 8.4 million to approximately 11 million and healthcare is increasingly being provided in nonhospital settings such as nursing homes, surgical and outpatient centers, and emergency care clinics. To ensure that healthcare workers’ own health remains protected on the job, OSHA is seeking input from the public on how to prevent occupational exposure to infectious diseases in healthcare facilities including hospitals and clinics, and other workplaces such as biomedical laboratories, medical examiners’ offices, and mortuaries. OSHA would like to know what strategies these facilities are using to reduce the risk of workplace-acquired infectious diseases. OSHA will use responses to its request for information to determine what action, if any, the agency may take to further limit the spread of occupationally-acquired infectious diseases in these settings. See the notice in the Federal Register at https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=21497 for more information, including how to submit comments by the Aug. 4 deadline.

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