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Human Resources Department

Occupational Safety & Health Unit

Aerosol Transmissible Diseases

Hospital Nurse

California passed the first occupational standard in the nation to prevent worker illness from infectious diseases that can be transmitted by inhaling air that contains viruses, bacteria, or other disease organisms. The Cal-OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease standard was designed to make recommended public health practices in infection control legally enforceable. It applies to workplaces at high risk for infectious diseases such as hospitals, clinics, emergency medical services, laboratories, prisons and homeless shelters.

To get more information on the applicability of this program for a specific County operation please contact the corresponding departmental Safety Coordinator.

For further information on specific regulatory guidelines please refer to the link(s) below.

Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Guidelines

Cal-OSHA Pathogens List