|OSHA: Evidence is required to justify regulation.
OSHA: Does not recommend particular products.
References accumulate that OSHA requires evidence to
support regulations and is unwilling to compel employers without
- ...the Agency (OSHA) lacks sufficient information in some important
areas which it feels must be obtained before it can require employers to
control exposures to aerosols...p.50 Summary
- "Because data in the record is inconclusive as to whether vinyl or
latex gloves provide better protection, the final standard does not
specify use of a particular material. OpCit Summary p.73
- "The record contains no definitive evidence that puncture-resistant
gloves...In view of this, the Final Standard does not address the use of
puncture-resistant gloves." Summary p.75
Regulations may limit development and introduction of new methods and
"Specifying particular disinfectants and procedures in the final may have
the effect of limiting the use of new products and of discouraging the
development of new information relative to adequate decontamination."
A writer for Skin & Ink asked me if I was in favor of regulating
I replied there was no evidence to indicate a need.
To protect customers was his reply.
From what? I asked.
From the possibility of getting bad ink, he answered.
Laws don't prevent the "possibility" of anything.
Regulations use force against dissenters.
Events considered "Extremely Unlikely" are not actionable.
In terms of items that are contaminated with blood that may be dry or may
be wet, but are contained in a material such as gauze or a bandage, the
risk of transmission of a pathogen to a susceptible host is extremely
unlikely, and therefore, that type of waste can be handled like any other
waste that is collected in the community, that may be contaminated in the
same fashion. (Tr. 9/14/89, p92) Summary 9.27