Cal/OSHA releases advice on protecting workers from monkeypox – Business Insurance

The California Department of Industrial Relations released monkeypox guidance Thursday for workplaces, including healthcare facilities, public health departments, medical transport and police.

The guidelines apply to workplaces covered by the Aerosol Communicable Diseases Rule. Monkeypox is spread primarily through close or direct contact, but can also become airborne, according to a Cal/OSHA statement.

Regulations require employers to implement a written program to prevent or reduce the transmission of aerosol-borne diseases specific to the workplace and operations; provide and ensure the use of respiratory protection; ensure that personal protective equipment is provided and used by employees exposed to people with or suspected of having MPX, or linen or surfaces that may contain the virus; implement written procedures for exposure incidents; and report the exposure to the local health worker.

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