OSHA's airborne infectious diseases prerule under review

A potential OSHA standard that would require employers to establish a control program to protect workers from exposure to airborne infectious disease pathogens is under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Currently in the prerule stage, the proposal first appeared on the agency's semiannual regulatory agenda last fall. It would target workplaces where employees could potentially be exposed to hazards such as tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, severe acute respiratory syndrome and pandemic influenza.

OIRA, a division of the Office of Management and Budget, received the rule for review on March 9.

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