public healthOSHA has launched a new Ebola Web page that provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus, which causes Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF).

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes Ebola virus as a Category A select agent. This group includes high-priority agents that pose a risk to national security because they can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person; result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact; might cause public panic and social disruption; and require special action for public health preparedness.

From the web page:

Quick facts: Ebola Virus and EHF

  • Currently, Ebola virus and EHF do not pose a threat to most U.S. workers.
  • At this time, there is not an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. The ongoing outbreak is limited to countries in West Africa.
  • Ebola is typically spread through contact with body fluids from a living or deceased person or animal with EHF, though some medical and housekeeping tasks may expose workers to aerosolized droplets containing Ebola virus.
  • Until a person develops symptoms of EHF, he or she is not considered contagious.
  • As necessary, employers should take steps to protect their workers from exposure to Ebola virus on the job.

The web page includes sections on:

Click here to visit OSHA’s Ebola Web page.