CHA News Article

Cal/OSHA Urges Employers, Workers to Protect Against Hepatitis A Exposure

Yesterday, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) issued guidance for health care employers on employee safety in light of the hepatitis A outbreaks in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties. Cal/OSHA’s recommended preventative measures include:

  • Following standard precautions such as maintaining a clean and sanitary workplace, hand-washing and use of personal protective equipment
  • Training at-risk employees in outbreak locations to understand how hepatitis A is transmitted and how to prevent infection
  • Offering hepatitis A vaccinations to employees in outbreak locations who come into close contact with homeless persons or anyone using illicit drugs, and to employees who handle materials potentially contaminated with the hepatitis A virus

It is also recommended that hospitals in outbreak areas remain in contact with their local public health department to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. The Cal/OSHA guidance contains links to the San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles public health web pages dedicated to hepatitis A, along with links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hepatitis A fact sheet and the California Department of Public Health hepatitis A web page.

CHA is also monitoring the situation and is in contact with the California Department of Public Health.