Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.1030; 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A); 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(B); 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(C); 1910.1030(g)


January 2, 2008

Mr. Daren George
17022 East B Street
Spanaway, Washington 99387

Dear Mr. George:

Thank you for your October 19, 2007 letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) regarding the applicability of OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard to the containment and disposal of electric razors in correctional facilities and health care settings. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any questions not delineated within your original correspondence. We apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.

OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard has provisions for the protection of employees during the containment, storage and transport of contaminated sharps and other regulated waste [29 CFR 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)-1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(B)]. In general, sharps containers used for discarding disposable razors used for shaving in nursing homes, healthcare or correctional facilities must be: (i) Closable; (ii) Puncture resistant; (iii) Leakproof on sides and bottom; and, (iv) Labeled or color-coded in accordance with paragraph (g)(1)(i). It is also required that designated sharps containers be: Replaced routinely and not be allowed to overfill [1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A)(2)(iii)]. OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard states: Disposal of all regulated waste shall be in accordance with applicable regulations of the United States, States and Territories, and political subdivisions of States and Territories [CFR 29 1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(C)]. Thus, healthcare settings, nursing care, and correctional facilities must comply with any of these state regulations that describe specific policies regarding the final disposition of used