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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.
November 22, 1994
|MEMORANDUM FOR:||JAMES W. STANLEY
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY
|FROM:||JOHN B. MILES, JR., DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
|SUBJECT:||BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN AND HAZWOPER-MEDIA COVERAGE|
This is in response to your request for information on whether OSHA has guidance relating to exposures of media employees to bloodborne pathogens and to situations covered under HAZWOPER.
There is not a booklet or outreach material that specifically addresses exposure of this precise kind. The question concerning members of the media and potential exposure on hazwoper sites has been addressed recently in a letter, which is available on CD-ROM. A copy is attached for your review.
The bloodborne pathogens standard would apply if there is a reasonable anticipation of skin, eye, or mucous membrane contact with blood. The employer is responsible for determining which job classifications or tasks may result in worker contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. The standard relates to occupational exposure, regardless of where that exposure may occur, since risk of infection with bloodborne pathogens is dependent on the likelihood of exposure to blood or OPIM regardless of the particular job title or place of employment. If certain individuals in the media are routinely assigned the task of covering accidents scenes, the employer will need to evaluate the hazard and comply with the standard.