TULSA, OK — Health care and emergency personnel are workers regularly at risk of contracting diseases from exposures to bloodborne pathogens. In 1991, the Occupational Saftey and Health Administration
(OSHA) issued a Bloodborne Pathogens
standard to protect health care workers from exposure to these dangers. The agency is now conducting a review
to determine the standard''s effectiveness, according to a press release.
OSHA is conducting this review in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act
. Part of the review involves evaluating public comments to determine whether the standard causes a burden to small businesses and industry in general, and if the costs for putting the standard into practice are necessary for protecting workers'' health, the release stated.
OSHA also considers if the standard conflicts with other federal, state and local government rules, and whether advancements in technology and economic conditions have changed the risks of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, the release noted.