Work activity and conditions create an elevated risk of contracting disease if protective measures are not in place.
California passed the first occupational standard in the nation to prevent worker illness from infectious diseases that can be transmitted by inhaling air that contains viruses, bacteria or other disease organisms.
California's ATD standard requires employers to develop comprehensive procedures to protect employees against diseases that may be spread by infectious aerosols. Because no one specific measure will protect all employees against influenza, it is important that employers in health care and other high risk environments take all practical measures at their disposal to reduce the risk of infection.
Employer requirements include:
Written Aerosol Transmissible Disease exposure control procedures
Infection control measures
Medical services and recordkeeping
In events that do not provide adequate protection, the standard requires that respiratory protection be used to protect workers performing certain tasks from exposure to aerosol transmissible diseases.
View the CAL-OSHA's ATD Standards Presentation below
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