This short quick reference guide provides updates and highlights the OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
This summary is provided as a service to anyone interested as the corona virus has implications with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard – which we provide training on as part of our OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Certification training.
You can also take our free short course on COVID-19 for the general public or our free infection prevention control training COVID-19 for healthcare workers.
Which OSHA Standard covers the Corona Virus?
There is no currently no specific OSHA standard that covers Corona 2019-nCoV however OSHA does have specific material that is regularly updated at their COVID-19 resources site.
However, some OSHA requirements may apply to preventing occupational exposure to 2019-nCoV.
Among the most relevant are:
OSHA Standards relavent to 2019-nCoV
- OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards (in general industry, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I), which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection.
- When respirators are necessary to protect workers, employers must implement a comprehensive respiratory protection program in accordance with the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
- The General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, 29 USC 654(a)(1), which requires employers to furnish to each worker “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
Does the Bloodborne Pathogens standard apply to Corona Virus?
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) applies to occupational exposure to human blood and other potentially infectious materials that typically do not include respiratory secretions that may transmit 2019-nCoV. However, the provisions of the standard offer a framework that may help control some sources of the virus, including exposures to body fluids (e.g., respiratory secretions) not covered by the standard.
Getting OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Certification
For employers concerned about the Novel Corona Virus and needing to get their employees or contractors trained, knowledgable, and compliant for bloodborne pathogen workplace exposure you can check out our OSHA compliant Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Group Training.
For individual employees or contractors you can take free bloodborne pathogens training to get your bloodborne pathogens certificate and learn about the safety procedures and protocols that may help to protect you from 2019-nCoV.
Note: This document is not intended to cover all OSHA standards that may apply. State Plans adopt and enforce their own occupational safety and health standards. This guidance is not training for cleanup and decontamination of Bloodborne Pathogens released as a biological weapon.
This is not training for those at risk of exposure to the Corona virus.
This is an informational resource highlighting OSHA programs, policies or standards. It does not impose any new compliance requirements.