Hospitals have effective programs in place that integrate the need to protect patients and personnel from infectious diseases, and there is no need for an additional standard, the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "Existing infection prevention and control standards, including their assessment and enforcement by regulatory, accrediting and certifying bodies, have proven to be functional and appropriate, and substantial resources are dedicated to their regular maintenance and improvement," AHA wrote, responding to OSHA's request for comments on exposure to infectious agents.

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