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DID YOU KNOW ?:

*****BIOTECHNOLOGY DID NOT QUALIFY FOR MANDATORY REPIRATOR PROTECTION UNTIL 1998

*****EXPOSURES TO BIOLOGICS ARE NOT AS SAFE AS THOUGHT

BIOLOGICS DEFINITION:
*commercial products derived from biotechnology.

BIOTECHNOLOGY DEFINITION:
*the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (as pest resistant crops, new bacterial strains, or novel pharmaceuticals); also : any of various applications of biological science used in such manipulation

BIOLOGICS = BIOTECHNOLOGY DID NOT QUALIFY FOR MANDATORY REPIRATOR PROTECTION UNTIL 1998

Protecting Employees - Original Occupational Safety and Health Act; OSH Act of 1970

When the United States established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after the passing of the OSH Act of 1970 , working men and women believed they could go to work each day without concern for their mandated rights  to a safe and healthy workplace environment.

OSH Act of 1970 Included Mandated Respiratory Protection; however it Excluded Biological Hazards & Blood-borne Pathogens

Included in the OSH Act of 1970; OSHA had adopted the Respiratory Protection Standards (29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103); to protect employees who were exposed to hazardous air contaminants in the workplace. Following is an extremely small example of some of those hazards, including their applicable Code of Federal Regulations (none are biological):

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Through the years, there had been numerous changes to the Respiratory Protection Standards of the OSH Act of 1970; by the additions to and/or removal of sections and/or subsections by way of revisions and amendments. However, biological hazards / blood-borne pathogens were not included.

biohaz stickerSIt wasn't until 1998, almost three decades after the passing of the OSH Act of 1970, did OSHA release the first revision to the Respiratory Protection Standard (with the same name and number). This revision included exposures to biological hazards and blood-borne pathogens. 

The 1998 revision of the Respiratory Protection standard was published in the Federal Register Vol. 63, No. 5 Thursday January 8, 1998, Rules and Regulations.

What is not known by many; is there is (AND WAS) a Mandatory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire [see Appendix C to ยง 1910.134: OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire [This can be found in the above referenced Federal Register Vol. 63, No. 5 Thursday January 8, 1998 beginning in the top of the foremost right column on page 1282]. The instructions begin with:

"To the employer: Answers to questions in Section 1, and to question 9 in Section 2 of Part A, do not require a medical examination." 

Part A. Section 1. (Mandatory) The following information must be provided by every employee who has been selected to use any type of respirator (please print).

1. Today's date:_______________________________________________________

2. Your name:__________________________________________________________

3. Your age (to nearest year):_________________________________________

4. Sex (circle one): Male/Female

5. Your height: __________ ft. __________ in.

6. Your weight: ____________ lbs.

7. Your job title:_____________________________________________________

8. A phone number where you can be reached by the health care professional who reviews this questionnaire (include the Area Code): ____________________

9. The best time to phone you at this number: ________________

10. Has your employer told you how to contact the health care professional who will review this questionnaire (circle one): Yes/No

11. Check the type of respirator you will use (you can check more than one category):
a. ______ N, R, or P disposable respirator (filter-mask, non-cartridge type only).
b. ______ Other type (for example, half- or full-facepiece type, powered-air purifying, supplied-air, self-contained breathing apparatus).

12. Have you worn a respirator (circle one): Yes/No

If "yes," what type(s):___________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

Part A. Section 2. (Mandatory) Questions 1 through 9 below must be answered by every employee who has been selected to use any type of respirator (please circle ''yes'' or ''no'').

(Question) 9. Would you like to talk to the health care professional who will review this questionnaire about your answers to this questionnaire: Yes/No"

*Employee Exposure To Airborne Contaminants, Physical hazards, and Biological Agents Necessary and Appropriate

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Part A. Section 2.

9. Would you like to talk to the health care professional who will review this questionnaire about your answers to this questionnaire: Yes/No

Just recently; USA Today's articles "Inside America's secretive biolabs", "Labs cited for 'serious' security failures in research with bioterror germs" and "New lab incidents fuel fear, safety concerns in Congress"  have raised some extremely important information of which some concerns spoken of are; research and development laboratories are being protected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CDC, as well as several other Federal and state agencies, and the article, New lab incidents fuel fear, safety concerns in Congress  states, "... because they're deemed to pose serious threats to people and agriculture and could potentially be used as bioweapons" and "Federal regulators have secretly threatened to revoke permits to study bioterror pathogens"

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 14:43  


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