Pandemic Triggers Healthcare Worker Compliance to OSHA Regs

The recent designation of a global pandemic for H1N1 Influenza requires all healthcare employers to comply with all OSHA regulations for respiratory protection of their workers. OSHA will enforce the standards under the General Duty Clause and employers must take steps to prepare.

Portland, OR, June 14, 2009 --( McHaney & Associates, Inc., a national safety-consulting and training company, has issued an Industry Alert to assist healthcare employers in meeting respiratory compliance in the wake of the designation of H1N1 Influenza, commonly referred to as Swine Flu, as a Pandemic. According to President and Principal Consultant, Ronald McHaney, “30 million healthcare workers are now subject to OSHA Respiratory Compliance requirement.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers” in 2007. This guide detailed the direct need for healthcare employers to establish a comprehensive respiratory protection program that includes all of the elements outlined in its standards. “Every healthcare employer must be aware,” he said. “Once exposure has been declared as a Pandemic, employers must have the protection program in place because OSHA will then be able to enforce the respiratory protection standard under the General Duty Clause,” he added. McHaney’s single page Alert guides healthcare employers on what they must do and can be obtained at:


About McHaney & Associates, Inc.: A safety-consulting and training company founded in 1998, the firm has served clients across the United States and Western Europe. Ron McHaney, President and Principal Consultant, is experienced in both MSHA and OSHA regulations and procedures and is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 40 years of occupational safety experience. The firm also provides expert witness services and testimony for issues in litigation, in state and federal court settings, as well as before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. McHaney & Associates are experts in developing customized safety-training materials and mentoring others to be effective safety managers. (
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