For clarity in presenting its analysis, the committee slightly edited the questions as follows. (1) Are health care and selected other categories of workers at greater risk of infection, disease, and mortality due to tuberculosis than others in the community within which they reside? If so, what is the excess risk due to occupational exposure? Can the risk be quantified for different work environments and different job classifications? (2) What is known about the implementation and effects of CDC guidelines to control worker exposure to tuberculosis in hospitals, correctional facilities, and other work settings? (3) Given what is known about the CDC guidelines, what will be the likely effects on tuberculosis infection, disease, or mortality of an OSHA rule to protect workers from occupational exposure to tuberculosis?

Although the revised questions broadened the scope of the committee’s work beyond health care workers, most of the information identified by the committee focused on health care workers, mainly hospital employees. The committee arranged for five background papers that appear as Appendixes B, C, D, E, and G in this report. It also conducted a 1-day workshop and a half-day public meeting to solicit oral and written statements from interested organizations. Both these meetings were open to the public. The agendas are listed below.


Public Meeting Lecture Room, National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Monday, August 7, 2000


1:00 pm

Welcome and Overview of Meeting

Walter Hierholzer, M.D., Committee Chair


Panel 1

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO

William Borwegen, M.P.H.

Occupational Health and Safety Director

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

James August, M.P.H.

Assistant Director for Research and Health Services

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