Valerie Butera Quoted in “Michaels: Data from Stepped-Up TB Enforcement to Inform Infectious Disease Rule”

Inside OSHA Online

Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in “Michaels: Data from Stepped-Up TB Enforcement to Inform Infectious Disease Rule” in Inside OSHA Online. (Read the full article - subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

“OSHA will surely yield a wealth of valuable information from this expanded scrutiny which will inform its decision-making when developing a proposed rule regarding protocols for the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases,” the attorney, Valerie Butera of Epstein Becker Green, says in an email.

She says the updated TB directive “expanded what was already an expansive list of health care settings in which tuberculosis inspections may take place - adding sites where emergency medical services are provided and laboratories handling clinical specimens that may contain tuberculosis.”

The directive also expands the potential hazards that may be scrutinized in a tuberculosis inspection, instructing compliance officers to consider citing employers under the respiratory protection standard or the general duty clause if the workplace has no risk assessment for worker exposure to tuberculosis, an instruction that did not exist in the former version of the directive, she notes. “These two changes alone will enable OSHA to conduct more tuberculosis inspections in a broader range of settings and investigate new potential hazards.”