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OSHA offers helping hand towards TB patients

TB or Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that transmits from individual to individual through air. This is the most common disease which takes a large number lives every year across the world. TB occurs anywhere in the body but all are not equally dangerous and can transmit only when it occur in lungs or larynx. The workers who work in hazardous conditions and get touched with a one who is suffering from lung or larynx TB for a long time can be infected by the by TB. TB easily infects other persons for closer proximity, longer duration and also for unhygienic condition where the chance of infection increases rapidly. The workers of general and construction industries have the maximum chances of getting infected by this life threatening disease.

OSHA does not have any standard for TB Infection Control but if workers or employees fail to implement precautions to TB infections at their site of working then OSHA can enforce the “General Duty Clause” to take necessary prevention in such cases. This was created under the Occupational safety and Health Act 1970. The Act suggests the employers to be responsible toward good health employees furnishing a safe and healthy working place where the chances of infectious diseases cease. According to this Act working places should be free from recognised hazards that are likely to be the reason of death or terminated illness of the workers. The employers must comply with the regulations of occupational safety and health standard. OSHA requires all the necessary health care settings for a TB infection control program which is designed to ensure the quick detection, airborne precaution, and effective treatment of the workers who have confirmed TB disease.

OSHA thus is successful to a satisfied extent in controlling TB among the workers who work in hazardous sites. The decreasing rate of TB detected workers in the last years proves the fact that OSHA under General Duty Clause is able to save life from TB.