Many companies, government agencies and institutions are demanding greater control over microbiological risks.
It is possible that hospitals, and other public venues potentially exposed to infection threat, will be central to the next wave of class-action law suits. Experts believe the scope of this legal action is potentially larger than the well known asbestos driven litigation. Omega is committed to ensuring that your organization is proactively and consistently compliant with proposed amendments. We design compliance plans and provide the training necessary to help you protect your employees and patients.
Please consider the following:
The California Occupation Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) intend to add a section (number 5199) controlling aerosol transmissible disease hazards. Patients and employees in health care and other high-risk environments need protection from new and emerging infectious disease threats, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), drug resistant staph infections such as methicillan-resistant Staphylococcus aurous (MRSA) as well as other potentially emerging threats such as pandemic influenza strains, and virulent derivative strains of tuberculosis (TB) and pertussis.
The effect of the amendment will require certain California employers to implement infection control measures in order to protect employees from aerosol transmissible threats. Specifically, the purpose of this standard is to identify to the regulated public those infection control measures which are necessary to protect patients and employees, and to provide Cal/OSHA with the authority to enforce these protective measures in accordance with its legislative mandate.
Specific service and operations that will be affected are:
2. Skilled nursing facilities
3. Clinics, medical offices and other outpatient medical facilities
4. Facilities where high hazard procedures are performed
5. Home health care
6. Public health services
7. Long term health care facilities and hospices
8. Medical outreach services
9. Paramedic and emergency medical services including those services when provided by firefighters and other emergency responders