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Rulemaking Process on OSHA Infectious Disease Standard Moves Forward

Posted in on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

As this note from the SBA Office of Advocacy indicates, the next step in the regulatory process – the convening of SBREFA panels of small businesses to review a proposal – that could lead to an OSHA standard on infectious diseases has been announced.  ASSE participated in the stakeholder meetings, as this memo from the meeting indicates:  You may want to share this with small businesses who may be impacted by a standard. 

From SBA Office of Advocacy:

OSHA is considering the need for a standard to ensure that employers establish comprehensive controls to protect workers from hazardous exposures to infectious diseases on the job. The proposed rule is intended to cover a wide range of healthcare and related workplaces including: hospitals; ambulatory care centers; long-term and home health care facilities; laboratories, and medical waste handling facilities. OSHA submitted a Request for Information (RFI) in 2010 and received over 200 comments. I have attached the Federal Register Notice for the RFI. Comments can be viewed on with OSHA-2010-0003 in the search box.

This email is to alert you to OSHA’s upcoming SBREFA Panel/teleconference (Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act) in mid- to late August 2014 on Infectious Diseases.  I’ve attached two links at the bottom of this email for you to review in order to give you more of an understanding of how the panel process works.

We are looking for representatives of small entities, including small businesses, not-for-profit entities, professional associations and local governments involved in workplaces such as those listed to serve on our discussion panel. OSHA would like to have laboratories represented on this panel. If you know of any interest managers, directors or supervisors of a small laboratory, please forward this information to them.

In late July/early August we hope to send a document package which will outline OSHA’s thinking on the rule, including a possible framework for what could be a standard.  In this package, will be a list of questions and topics that we want to discuss on the phone conference.

We also would like the panel’s view on cost estimates that may be incurred with this proposed rule as well as your past experiences dealing with the issue, and what works and what doesn’t work.  You will also be invited to submit written comments as a part of this process.  We are currently unable to send you any of this material because the other government entities involved in the Panel—Small Business Administration-Advocacy and OMB–have not approved the documents yet, but we expect their approval by mid-July.

Mr. Charles McCormick will be the lead on this panel for OSHA. Please contact him if you have other questions. He can be reached at 202-693-1740 or via email at

If you would like to participate, please call Lajuane Paige at 202-693-1778 or via email at

Regulatory agenda item which explains more about OSHA’s Infectious Diseases efforts:

How the SBREFA Panel process works:

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