Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Unveils Pandemic Flu Guidance

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA Unveils Pandemic Flu Guidance

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OSHA administrator Edwin Foulke Jr. on Feb. 6 unveiled new guidance that details ways employers and employees can prepare for an influenza pandemic.

"Proper planning and preparation now will enable employers to better protect their employees and lessen the impact of a pandemic on their operations, work force and the American economy," Foulke said during a conference call.

Developed in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, OSHA's Guidance on Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic describes the differences between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza. It also presents information on the nature of a potential pandemic, how the virus is likely to spread and how exposure is likely to occur.

Amanda Edens, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance, explained that the risk of occupational exposure to influenza would depend on whether workers' jobs put them in contact with people who are infected with the virus or with sources of the virus.

Edens told reporters that the guidance separates workplaces and work operations into four risk zones to determine which occupations have the highest to lowest risk of exposure and offers recommendations for employee protection for each of the risk levels, which include engineering controls, administrative controls and the use of PPE such as respirators and surgical masks. …

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