The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-WWW.OSHA.Gov-Has Unveiled New Safety and Health Guidance That Will Help Healthcare Workers and Their Employers Prepare for a Possible Influenza Pandemic

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)--www. osha.gov--has unveiled new safety and health guidance that will help healthcare workers and their employers prepare for a possible influenza pandemic. Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers is a comprehensive resource for healthcare planners and practitioners, OSHA said.

The new guidance includes technical information on infection control and industrial hygiene practices to reduce the risk of infection in healthcare settings; workplace preparations and planning issues, and OSHA standards that have special importance to pandemic preparedness planners and responders in the industry.

On the same topic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)--www.cdc.gov--has released interim advice about the use of facemasks and respirators in certain public (non-occupational) settings during an influenza pandemic. CDC said that the recommendations are based on the best judgment of public health experts who relied in part on information about the protective value of masks in healthcare facilities.

Also in the healthcare industry arena, OSHA and the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)--www.cdc. …

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