Clarification: Special training not required on revised standard

Since the revised bloodborne pathogens standard involves mostly administrative changes, staff training is required on the introduction of new devices only, according to officials at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The May issue of Hospital Employee Health erroneously stated that hospitals must provide training to all employees on the provisions of the new standard. In the 90 days after the effective date of the standard (April 18), OSHA will lead an education and outreach program. Employers must simply make the new standard accessible. It could be included with the hospital’s exposure control plan, an OSHA compliance official stated.

OSHA will provide information about the revised standard on its web site (www.osha.gov), including examples of how frontline health care workers can be involved in the selection process and a sample sharps injury log. OSHA also expects to produce a video, workshops, and other materials in conjunction with federal and private agency partners.

An updated compliance directive will be released shortly, the OSHA official said.