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NEW MANUAL HELPS MAKE COMPLIANCE WITH OSHA'S TUBERCULOSIS REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKER PROTECTION EASIER

 EAST BERLIN, Conn., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In October 1993, Federal OSHA in consultation with the CDC and NIOSH revised, extended and issued enforcement guidelines designed to protect workers from exposure to TB and Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). These guidelines became fully enforceable in January 1994.
 To assist agencies in complying with these potentially confusing enforcement guidelines, a new compliance and training manual is now available from Holdsworth & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in Public Safety consulting and occupational health and safety. The manual includes:
 -- a sample TB Infection Control Plan
 -- a Respiratory Protection Plan
 -- a detailed training program complete with presenter's notes and overhead transparencies
 -- recordkeeping, medical screening and other support forms
 -- the text of the requirements and more
 The plans and training program have already undergone OSHA scrutiny, after implementation, in four states -- passing with flying colors.
 Because the list of "at risk workers" has been lengthened to include the emergency medical responders, police officers and firefighters, nurses, medical assistants, nurses aids, technicians, staff in correctional facilities, dentists, hygienists, staff of outpatient clinics, drug rehab centers, home care workers and certain medical volunteers the careful development of compliance plans is more crucial than ever before.
 OSHA is requiring stringent adherence to the new requirements which include medical screening, PPD skin testing, HEPA respiratory protection and specific worker education and training. The deadline for most employers to be in compliance with these new requirements was January 1994, however much confusion still exists.
 Now, in addition to Bloodborne Pathogens and other standards, employers in these industries must also annually train their workers about the risks associated with TB, the use of HEPA respirators and must have BOTH a written Respiratory Protection Program and a TB Infection Control Plan as well as other specific records of training, preventative medical screening and other measures.
 Employers who do not have these written plans and who have not provided appropriate training, may be subject to citations and fines issued under OSHA's General Duty Clause. Willful violation of these guidelines in a high risk area could bring fines as high as $70,000.
 For more information contact either Bob Holdsworth or Chip Darius at Holdsworth & Associates, Inc. In the U.S. & Canada call 203-828-2002 or 800-437-8347.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Holdsworth or Chip Darius of Holdsworth & Associates, 203-828-2002, or fax, 203-828-2005/


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