Banner with text reading Emergency Temporary Standard

Materials Incorporated by Reference in § 1910.502

OSHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard incorporates by reference a number of consensus standards and evidence-based guidelines. Those documents, which are listed below, will all be fixed in time and are made publicly available here, as well as in the docket for this rulemaking, Docket No. OSHA-2020-0004 at All materials incorporated by reference are listed in the index; however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download through that website. All materials incorporated by reference, including copyrighted material, are available for inspection through the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the OSHA Docket Office at 202–693–2350 (TTY number: 877–889–5627) for assistance in locating these materials.

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance. COVID-19: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility; Every Day and When Someone is Sick, updated April 5, 2021, incorporation by reference (IBR) approved for § 1910.502(j). This guidance provides direction on cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, materials, and equipment regularly or when contaminated by a person who is COVID-19 positive using appropriate disinfectants and other equipment.
  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations. COVID-19: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, updated February 23, 2021, IBR approved for §§ 1910.502(d) and (j). This guidance provides recommendations for routine infection prevention and control practices in healthcare settings to protect healthcare workers.
  • Guidelines for Isolation Precautions. 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings, updated July 2019, IBR approved for §§ 1910.502(e) and (f). These guidelines provide direction on developing, implementing, and evaluating infection control programs for healthcare settings across a variety of care. It also provides guidance on reducing the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections.
  • Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control. Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities, updated July 2019, IBR approved for § 1910.502(j). These guidelines provide evidence-based strategies for the prevention of environmentally mediated infection among healthcare workers and immunocompromised patients. Pages 86-103 and 147-149 focus on Environmental Services in healthcare settings.
  • Isolation Guidance. COVID-19: Isolation If You Are Sick; Separate yourself from others if you have COVID-19, updated February 18, 2021, IBR approved for § 1910.502(l). This guidance provides steps to take when someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Return to Work Healthcare Guidance. COVID-19: Return to Work Criteria for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance), updated February 16, 2021, IBR approved for § 1910.502(l). These guidelines provide guidance for occupational and public health professionals to develop policies to determine when an employee can return to work after quarantine and/or isolation in healthcare settings.
  • List N. Pesticide Registration List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19), updated April 9, 2021, IBR approved for § 1910.502(b). The products listed in this list meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) to clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2020, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 (2010, 2015, and 2020), American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, ANSI-approved April 13, 2010, ANSI-approved May 28, 2015, and ANSI-approved March 11, 2020 respectively, IBR approved for § 1910.502(b).  These consensus standards, versions dated 2010, 2015, and 2020, provide criteria and requirements for selection, use, and maintenance of the different face and eye protectors to eliminate hazards such as liquid splash and droplets exposures in occupational and educational environments.  The 2010 version was updated in 2015 and 2020 to add new and innovative designs and streamline language.