The Aerosol Transmissible Disease standard which is designed to protect workers in health care and related industries from the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, influenza, and other pathogens spread by coughing and sneezing. The standard becomes effective on Aug. 5, 2009. The new ATD standard will be added to the California Code of Regulations as Title 8, Section 5199 and will cover health care and related workplaces that typically treat, diagnose or house individuals who may be ill such as hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. It will also cover emergency responders, who often are the first point of contact in the health care system with patients who can transmit disease. For further details, visit www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2009/IR2009-23.html.
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July 27, 2009
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