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||Final Rule on Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
OSHA is promulgating a standard to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other bloodborne pathogens. The standard will become effective on 3/6/92. Based on a review of the information in the rulemaking record, OSHA has determined that employees face a significant health risk as the result of occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials because they may contain bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B virus which causes Hepatitis B, and human immunodeficiency virus, which causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The Agency further concludes that this exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions. FOR FULL TEXT OF THE STANDARD, SEE OSHA STANDARDS (OS) FILE; FOR FULL TEXT OF THE PREAMBLE, SEE OCIS FILE "1910.1030 (PREAMBLE) FILE" (BP). Any petitions for review must be filed not later than the 59th day following the promulgation of the standard. For information contact: James F. Foster, Telephone (202) 523-8151.