December 1999 Bulletin

OSHA has directive on blood exposure

A new directive issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guides OSHA's compliance officers in enforcing the standard that covers occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens and updates an earlier directive issued in 1992.

"We received nearly 400 comments from health care facilities, workers and others," said Charles N. Jeffress, OSHA administrator. "They told us that safe medical devices already available are effective in controlling hazards and that wider use of such devices would reduce thousands of injuries each year."

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