OSHA Considering New Regulations to Protect Against Zika Virus - Advanced Safety Consulting LTD

If you have been watching the news recently, you have undoubtedly heard about the new virus that is spreading throughout Central America, South America, and even parts of Mexico.

Zika.

While this is not something that should concern you at the moment if you are residing within the U.S. you should keep in mind that OSHA and the CDC have currently been working together to monitor the spread of the virus and develop new regulations should the virus spread into the states.

The Zika virus itself is not particularly deadly to grown adults.

Symptoms usually only last for about a week and are limited to rash, fever, pink eye, and muscle pain. It is very similar to dengue and other related viruses.

However, where Zika is dangerous is to pregnant mothers who, if infected, can spread the disease to their unborn baby causing severe birth defects.

Because of this OSHA and the CDC are tracking the virus and developing potential regulations for outdoor workers in the event that the virus makes it up to the U.S. in a serious way.

While these regulations will not affect you yet, if you have a large group of employees who regularly work outdoors, you need to keep this virus in mind.

If it spreads, you will likely need to comply with a whole host of new regulations to keep yourself, your employees, and their families safe.