CDC seeks to update guidelines for infection control in occupational health

July 18, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sought feedback from the healthcare community on a draft guideline, Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services, according to an article on the Inspection Control Today website. 

The CDC is updating two sections addressing protocol for infrastructure and routine practices, which initially were published in 1998. 

It's critical for guidance related to occupational health in healthcare reflect requirements and messaging from both OSHA and NIOSH, said Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, president and executive director of the International Safety Center (ISC).

 "Guidance must include careful attention to assessing risks and implementing preventive strategies that are established in the hierarchy of controls. Providing examples of how that can be carried out by healthcare facilities would be incredibly beneficial," she said.

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