Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.1030(f)(1)

OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at

March 21, 2001

Peter E. Amato, MD
Occupational Health Plus
175 Sherman Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Dear Dr. Amato:

Thank you for your November 7, 2000 letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) [Directorate of Enforcement Programs]. You had questions regarding the applicability of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) to public service officers (police and fire/rescue) in the state of Connecticut. We appreciated the opportunity to speak to you on the phone and hope that this letter serves your needs. Your specific question is outlined below followed by OSHA's response. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any question not delineated within your original correspondence.

"(Please) clarify if public service (police and firefighters) are considered at high risk (per [CPL 02-02-069, formerlly CPL 2-2.69]) such that they should have anti-HBs titers drawn at the appropri