OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.
April 3, 1986
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||GERALD REIDY
Directorate of Field Operations
Directorate of Technical Support
Office of Occupational Medicine
|SUBJECT:||"Ambu" Bags (Bag Valve Masks) - Pocket Masks|
Further to my discussion with Michael Yarnell regarding Michael Lasky's complaint, I want to reiterate the points I made during that discussion:
1. Mr. Lasky's concern regarding the potential transmission of infectious disease through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is well taken.
2. CDC has recommended that Bag Valve Masks (Ambu bags) or similar equipment with short tubes be used by persons administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
3. OSHA does not have a standard which requires the use of this equipment. Although to the best of my knowledge, most large city emergency rooms today have bags and masks available, it may not be an industry-wide practice. Particularly where small hospitals are concerned, this equipment may not be available or supplied. The National Association for Emergency Medical Technicians does not have any statistics on the use of this equipment. The information, therefore, is anecdotal, based on discussion with physicians at CDC and local hospitals.
If you need further assistance regarding this matter, please call me at FTS 523-7047.