DASHO Call Jan 2004
January 27, 2004
Time: 1:00 to 2:20PM Eastern Time
Telephone Number (Bridge): 1-800-767-1750 - Access Code 15076# (Note: Please make sure that you use the # sign).
Subject: Tuberculosis - OSHA
Audience: All Employees, Union Representatives, Employee Health, Infection Control Officers, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygienists, and Safety Officials
Objective of the Call: Provide information concerning OSHA Tuberculosis - What does 29 CFR 1910.139 require and What does OSHA enforce under their CPL for TB?
Note: The Office of Occupational Safety and Health has contacted officials of agencies and/or organizations for this conference call that can represent their agency/organization's and/or are expects in their field. However, verbal statements and/or paraphrased questions and answers (found at the bottom of this agenda), are informational and have not been cleared as policy in-of-themselves. Links have been provided to this call that allow agency/organizational polices to be viewed. Questions and answers are viewed on the intranet only.
Links with information concerning this subject:
Question: Will it be required to provide annual medical evaluations regardless of age of the worker ?
OSHA: No and age is not a factor
Question: Did OSHA consider the impact of requiring annual fit tests for respirators (we have ~3000 employees that will need fit testing)?
OSHA: Yes, and OSHA would question why 3000 employees at a facility would need to wear respiratory protection for TB
Question: Is it required for the VA to offer TB skin tests to employees with occupational exposure to TB?
VA: There are VA requirements outside OSHA in VA Directive 5019
Question: Is it required that employees get the annual ppd test, what action can the VA take if an employee refuses to or declines the tb skin test?
OSHA: Not required by OSHA and if there is a VA requirement you would need to follow VA requirements
Question: Is the annual ppd test mandatory or a condition of continued employment?
OSHA: There is not an OSHA requirement
Question: Will an employer be cited if an employee refuses to take the annual PPD?
OSHA: OSHA does not require employees to submit to PPD tests.