OSHA Unveils New Guidance Document for Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu

OSHA Guidance Update on Protecting Employees from Avian Flu Viruses, and other important resource information on the topic, was recently posted to OSHA’s Web site to alert employers and employees about the hazards of occupational exposure to avian influenza from infected birds, and provides practical recommendations on ways to avoid infection.

This new document updates guidance on avian flu issued by OSHA in 2004.  The update provides separate recommendations for poultry employees and those who handle other animals, laboratory employees, healthcare workers, food handlers, travelers, and U.S. employees stationed abroad.  The primary focus is on good hygiene, including the use of gloves and hand washing, as well as respiratory protection for those who work with infected animals or individuals.