In 1991, OSHA first issued it’s standards involving blood borne pathogens. Currently, most healthcare providers are exposed to blood on a daily basis. These standards are distinguished from air borne pathogens. And shockingly, as this is being written, OSHA has not drafted any air borne pathogen standards. We have all gotten familiar during the COVID-19 pandemic with wearing masks and social distancing as a new norm in public places. Which are recommended from the CDC, and not OSHA requirements. You may also be familiar with various types of filters which can be incorporated into your HVAC system. Even though appropriate air borne standards should be followed, and maybe required by certain state promulgations, it is not required by OSHA.

Until next week,

Larry Kobak
Lawrence F. Kobak, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Frier Levitt