The Bloodborne Pathogen standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) referred to in this literature is a performance-oriented standard, in that OSHA states what the required standards are and then allows the employer to “craft the most protective and cost effective programs possible.”
The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard affects any employee who may come into contact with blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM). The Standard is regulated by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It requires safety practices to be implemented and followed by employers and employees to reduce or eliminate the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace.
Bloodborne Pathogens are microorganisms that exist in blood and other bodily fluids, and can cause disease in humans. They include the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C (HCV). Each of these diseases can be fatal, and each can be avoided by observing the concept of Universal Precautions.
The Standard affects any employee who may come in contact with human blood or OPIM. Some identified populations at risk include workers in: Funeral Homes, Industrial Facilities, Research Labs, Linen Services, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Operations, Waste Removal, Lifesaving, Personnel Services, and any employee whose job designation requires them to render first aid, even as a collateral duty..
Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM):
OPIM includes semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, or any other body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, or where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids.
1. Develop a written Exposure Control Plan designed to:
a.) Identify employees or tasks at risk, and...
b.) Document a schedule of implementation.
2. Develop Engineering Controls designed to:
Reduce or eliminate the risk of exposure to bloodborne disease. (Engineering Controls are controls (e.g., biohazard bags, sharps disposal containers, self-sheathing needles) that isolate or remove the bloodborne pathogens hazard from the workplace).
3. Provide Personal Protective Equipment.
(PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn or used by an employee for protection against a hazard. General work clothes (e.g., uniforms, pants, shirts, or blouses) are not considered to be personal protective equipment. (Learn about Universal Precautions)
4. Offer training in and monitoring of proper work practices
Work Practice Controls are controls that reduce the likelihood of exposure by altering the manner in which a task is performed (e.g., prohibiting the disposal of blood soaked material in unmarked trash receptacles).
5. Develop procedures to evaluate circumstances
surrounding Exposure Incidents.
An “Exposure Incident” means a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or piercing contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of an employee’s duties.
6. Offer the Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine to all employees with
designated exposure risk.
Employees who have been designated as having “Occupational
Exposure” are given the opportunity to be vaccinated for the
Hepatitis B virus. The vaccination will be given at no charge to the
7. Provide labels and signs.
Labels must identify:
a) Containers used to store, transport, ship
or dispose of blood or other potentially infectious material.
b) Contaminated equipment
& Signs must be posted at entrances to research labs or production facilities where a person could come into contact with an infectious agent.
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