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.
June 30, 1989
Mr. Mark Gindling
The Davies-Young Company
2700 Wagner Place
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043-3471
Dear Mr. Gindling:
This is in response to your letter of March 23, regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Instruction CPL 2-2.44A which requires a tuberculocidal disinfectant to be used to clean up body fluid spills. Please accept my apology for the delay in responding.
You specifically asked, "if it is the intention of OSHA to accept use of HIV-1 claimed disinfectants". In light of the recent clarification issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its labeling policy for antimicrobial pesticide products, OSHA will be amending the compliance directive to also allow the use of "HIV (AIDS virus)" labeled disinfectants to be used on environmental surfaces.
Should you require any additional information concerning this matter, you may want to directly contact our Regional Office located in Kansas City. The address and telephone number is:
U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA 911 Walnut Street, Room 64106 Kansas City, Missouri 64106
If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us again.
Patricia K. Clark, Acting Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs