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OSHA Issues Anthrax Advisory for Employers

OSHA Issues Anthrax Advisory for Employers
  • November 11, 2001

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued an advisory about anthrax exposure. Excerpts are reproduced below.

“This matrix was developed to offer basic advice and suggest protective measures that OSHA believes will reduce the risk of exposure in light of current concerns about the presence of anthrax spores in the workplace ... These recommendations do not impose and are not intended to result in the imposition of any new legal obligations or constraints on employers or the states.

“To help employers determine appropriate work practices and precautions, OSHA has divided workplaces and work operations into three risk zones, according to the likelihood of contamination with anthrax spores and employee exposure to them...

  • Green Zone: workplaces where contamination with anthrax spores is unlikely
  • Yellow Zone: workplaces where contamination with anthrax spores is possible
  • Red Zone: workplaces where public health or law enforcement authorities have stated that contamination with anthrax spores has been confirmed or is strongly suspected.”

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