BIO Comments on a Prospective Standard to Mitigate the Risk of Occupational Exposure to Infectious Agents in Healthcare and Healthcare-related Settings


BIO fully supports the creation of an infectious disease standard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect healthcare workers (HCWs), and BIO believes that vaccinations should be an integral part of this standard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) strongly recommends that HCWs receive vaccinations against the following diseases: hepatitis B, influenza, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis. An OSHA standard that requires employers to make ACIP-recommended vaccines available to HCWs has the potential to impact worker safety significantly by increasing vaccination coverage.