Valerie Butera Quoted in “Reassess, Update Tuberculosis Preparedness as OSHA Scrutiny Intensifies”

Environment of Care Leader

Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Environment of Care Leader, in “Reassess, Update Tuberculosis Preparedness as OSHA Scrutiny Intensifies,” by A.J. Plunkett.

Following is an excerpt:

Among other things, the 2005 CDC guidelines changed wording to encompass a health care “setting” rather than “facility,” which the OSHA directive now defines as “any setting in which health care is delivered and workers might share air space with persons with TB disease or come in contact with clinical TB specimens.” “I think the likely impact on hospitals of the expanded definition of health settings will be that OSHA’s compliance officers will encounter a variety of more or less effective TB control measures when inspecting other types of facilities, which will better inform their determinations of whether the TB control measures taken at the hospitals they inspect are sufficient to protect hospital employees,” notes Valerie Butera, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney at Epstein Becker Green.