Coronavirus Outbreak: Cal/OSHA Issues Interim Guidance for Health Care Employers
National Safety Council
Oakland, CA — In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health – or Cal/OSHA – has published interim guidance on requirements for health care employers to protect workers from exposure.
The deadly coronavirus is a respiratory illness reportedly linked to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
A Feb. 3 press release from Cal/OSHA states that the guidance is intended to protect workers in hospitals and clinical laboratories, where the risk of infection is higher. The guidance also covers safety requirements when providing care for suspected or confirmed patients of the disease or when handling pathogens in a lab.