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OSHA Guidance for Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus

The Ebola virus is a potential hazard for workers whose jobs involve healthcare, mortuary and death care, airline and other transportation operations, cleaning and environmental services, and certain law enforcement services. Based on existing OSHA as well as Center for Disease Control and Prevention findings, OSHA has released a new factsheet to assist employers in selecting appropriate protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus. The factsheet includes a personal protective equipment (PPE) matrix that covers examples of common exposures including direct contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids. Employers must comply with applicable OSHA standards to prevent exposure for workers to hazards which are either known or should have been known in the workplace. The OSHA factsheet is a wealth of information which should be reviewed by employers with employees potentially exposed to the Ebola virus. For further information, please contact a member of our Labor & Employment Section.

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