SEIU Nurses and Mark Catlin SEIU Health and Safety Director, helped pass the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standards in 2010. Now we’re the most protected healthcare professionals in the country.
The CDPH has determined 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) comes under the ATD standard as a “novel” pathogen, as well as a pathogen for which CDPH recommends airborne infection isolation.
California passed the first two occupational standards in the nation to prevent worker illness from infectious diseases that can be transmitted by inhaling air that contains viruses, bacteria, or other disease organisms: 1) the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard, which applies to workplaces at high risk for infectious diseases such as hospitals, clinics, emergency medical services, laboratories, prisons, and homeless shelters; and 2) the ATD Standard – Zoonotic, which protects workers from diseases spread to humans by animals.
Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard – Title 8 CCR; Section 5199
The CDPH All Facilities letter, mentions the application of the ATD standard (middle of page 4)
Hospital Preparedness Checklist for Suspected or Confirmed 2019-nCoV Patients
Health Care Provider: Patients who may have infection with this novel coronavirus should wear a surgical mask and be placed in an airborne infection isolation room. If an airborne infection isolation room is not available, the patient should be placed in a private room with the door closed. Health care providers should use standard, contact and airborne precautions and use eye protection.