Federal Health and Safety Guidelines

Federal Health and Safety Guidelines For Medical Assistants are,

a) Standard Precautions Issued By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Public Health Department, Atlanta, Georgia,
Issued in 1996 to augment and synthesize universal precautions and techniques known as body substance isolation (BSI). Standard precautions contain measures intended to protect all health care providers, patients, and visitors from infectious diseases.

b) Transmission-based Precautions By CDC,
Designed to reduce the risk of airborne, droplet, and contact transmission of pathogens. These are used in addition to standard precautions and are intended for specific categories of patients.

c) Universal Blood and Body Fluid Precautions (Universal Precautions) By CDC,
Released in 1985 to assist health care providers to greatly reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting infectious diseases, particularly AIDS and hepatitis B.

d) Clinical Laboratory Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88) By Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Safeguards the public by regulating all testing of specimens taken from the body!

e) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidelines By OSHA, United States Department of Labor,
Requires employers to ensure employee safety in regard to occupational exposure to potentially harmful substances!