OSHA Issues Interim Guidance on Protecting Workers From Occupational Exposure to Zika

As the Olympic Games in Rio set to begin next week, concern is rightly over whether female athletes and spectators risk exposure to the Zika virus with potential harmful effects to pregnancy.

Here in the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is stepping up efforts to protect workers from on-the-job exposure to the virus.

Workers who are exposed on the job to mosquitoes or the blood or other body fluids of infected individuals may be at risk for occupationally acquired Zika virus infection, the OSHA announcement said.

To inform workers and employers on the hazards involved, OSHA issued two pieces of interim guidance: a Zika virus protection for outdoor workers OSHA Quick Card, and Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus OSHA-NIOSH Fact Sheet (Publication 3855), (2016).

This blog post was featured in the Aug. 5 weekly wrap-up in the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog.

 

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