Protecting Workers from Airborne Pathogens: Best Practices for Compliance with Cal/OSHA’s ATD Standard - On-Demand
Cal-OSHA, the state agency responsible for making and enforcing rules to protect California’s workforce from safety hazards, implemented the Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard (ATD) in 2009. The regulation requires certain California employers to meet a number of requirements to protect workers against illness from inhaling air that contains viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms that cause disease.
Before the passage of this standard, there was no mandate on employers to limit exposure to aerosol transmissible diseases (ATDs), which include tuberculosis, SARS, the measles virus, the varicella virus, the influenza virus and others. The standard had support in the medical community including hospitals, police departments, nursing organizations and the International Association of Firefighters.
Employers now required to comply may include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, medical offices, home health care providers, hospices, emergency medical service providers, medical transport companies, and more. Some requirements include creating a comprehensive ATD control plan; training workers at risk for exposure; conducting medical surveillance for employees who have occupational exposure to ATDs; implementing procedures to decontaminate equipment/vehicles exposed to ATDs; and respiratory protection.
Recent superbug and measles outbreaks underscore the importance of this standard. If you’re responsible for the safety of California workers who may be exposed to airborne pathogens while they work, you may be required to comply.
To learn what the requirements are for your facility and how to meet them, order this on-demand webinar, Protecting Workers from Airborne Pathogens: Best Practices for Compliance with Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard.
Our presenter, EHS consultant Kahlilah Guyah, has helped Fortune 50 companies develop their EHS programs and will show you how to design and implement an effective ATD control plan and program.
You’ll learn how to:
- Identify your requirements under the ATD Standard (ATD)
- Design a comprehensive and compliant ATD control plan
- Conduct employee medical surveillance as needed
- Choose the Cal/OSHA-compliant respiratory protection right for your workers’ level of exposure
- Decontaminate equipment and vehicles as required by the ATD standard
- Give Cal/OSHA-compliant safety training to lower employee risk of ATD transmission
- Find external resources to help you manage your ATD program, and more
If you ordered an on-demand webinar, your access instructions with link to download all materials will be sent to you via email within 48 hours