Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.1030(c)(4)(ii)(A)

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July 15, 1999

Ms. Gail Stout
Virgo Publishing
3300 N. Central Ave., Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Dear Ms. Stout,

Thank you for your letter of May 28, 1999 to John Miles, former Director of the [Directorate of Enforcement Programs]. You requested a written reply regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) current position on disinfectant products which are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and registered for both HIV and HBV.

OSHA's National Office sent a memorandum to its field offices on November 1, 1996 regarding inquiries from companies who manufactured and/or supplied product(s) approved by the EPA as effective against HBV and HIV. They inquired if the new EPA registered products with the new EPA label would be an "appropriate disinfectant" under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. This memo stated the products could be used under limited conditions, specifically where HIV and HBV were the only pathogens of concern (for example, in a research setting). Mr. Bach referred to this memorandum in his