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.

August 25, 1992

The Honorable Bob Graham
United States Senator
Post Office Box 3050
Tallahassee, Florida 32315

Dear Senator Graham:

This is in further response to your letter of June 16, concerning a request for information from your constituent, Mr. Richard Rosenberg, which was forwarded to us by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The specific issue of his inquiry concerned federal requirements for schools receiving federal funds to ensure that school buses carry an "infection control kit."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.1030, "Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens," addresses infection control from the standpoint of employee protection but does not address any specific requirement for school buses as was suggested in your constituent's letter. The standard requires employers to provide specific protective measures and programs for employees having occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) in workplaces under OSHA's jurisdiction. If Mr. Rosenberg requires more specific information on that OSHA standard, please refer him to our Atlanta Regional Office at the address below.

U.S. Department of Labor- OSHA
Suite 587
1375 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30367
Attention: Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator
Office of Technical Support

Telephone: (404) 347-2281

We hope this information is responsive to your concerns and the concerns of your constituent. Thank you for your interest in employee safety and health.

Sincerely,



Patricia K. Clark, Director
Directorate of Compliance Programs