Proposed TB Rule: Hearings Begin April 7 FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 01:35:48 -0700 (PDT)


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HEARINGS ON PROPOSED TUBERCULOSIS RULE BEGIN APRIL 7

U.S. Newswire
6 Apr 13:30

 Public Hearings on Proposed Tuberculosis Rule Begin April 7
 To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
 Contact: Bill Wright of the Occupational Safety and Health
          Administration, U.S Department of Labor, 202-219-8151

   News Advisory:

   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will
begin public hearings tomorrow in Washington on a proposed standard
to protect workers exposed to tuberculosis. The hearings will
start at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Department of Labor
(Frances Perkins Building), 200 Constitution Ave, N.W. The hearings
are scheduled to be held here through April 17.
   OSHA proposed the tuberculosis standard on Oct. 17, 1997, to help
protect an estimated 5.3 million workers in more than 100,000
hospitals, homeless shelters, long-term care facilities for the
elderly, detention facilities and other work settings with a high
risk of TB infection. Though the rate of active TB in the general
population has declined overall during the past 40 years, the risk
for workers who care for clients and patients infected with the
disease continues to be high. Additionally, new strains of TB have
emerged that are resistant to current treatment.
   OSHA estimates that implementation of the safeguards envisioned in
the proposal would save more than 130 lives annually, while
preventing between 21,000 and 25,000 infections during the same
period. Further, it's estimated that the proposal would save between
$89 million to $116 million in direct medical costs each year.

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