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Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030

In March 1992, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a standard to protect all workers exposed to human blood or body fluids as a routine part of their job. Complying with this standard will help minimize potential exposure to blood and body fluids, and thus to diseases carried by these fluids. The following is a list of requirements in the standard:

    Exposure Control Plan: A written plan documenting how the University will fulfill the requirements of any standard. Copies of the plan can be found in any Infection Control Manual, in most department offices, at University Health Service - Occupational Health, at Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), and in the SMH Director's Office.

    Exposure Determination: Each position code/job title has been evaluated for potential occupational exposure to human blood or body fluids. Copies of the exposure determination can be reviewed at University Health Service - Occupational Health, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), SMH Director's Office, and the Infection Control Office.

    Methods of Compliance: Each of the following is a method by which to minimize exposure to blood or body fluids.

      Universal Precautions: An approach to infection control which assumes that the blood, body fluids, and tissues of ALL persons are potentially infectious. Thus, precautions to prevent exposures will be used universally without regard to the source.

      Engineering Controls: Control measures which isolate or remove the hazard from the workplace including sharps disposal containers and biological safety cabinets.

      Workpractice Controls: Controls that reduce the likelihood of exposure by altering the manner in which a task is performed such as frequent handwashing and no recapping of needles.

      Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): equipment which is designed to place a barrier between the employee and the potentially infectious materials to which he/she may be exposed. The University supplies appropriate protective clothing at no cost to employees. PPE is required to be worn whenever exposure to blood or body fluids is possible.

      Housekeeping/ Waste Disposal: It is everyone's responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for themselves and others. This includes proper clean up of contaminated work areas and proper disposal of potentially infectious waste.

      Hepatitis B Vaccination: Everyone listed in the exposure determination is eligible to receive the hepatitis B vaccination free of cost. The vaccination is highly recommended for all who have potential occupational exposure to blood and body fluids. If you choose not to receive the vaccine you will be required to sign a declination statement explaining that while you are choosing not to be vaccinated at the present time, you may change your mind in the future: ** Note: Students are not eligible to receive the vaccination series. **

      Labels/Signs: any materials and equipment which may be contaminated must be labeled with a biohazard symbol. The exception to this rule is in the hospital where under Universal Precaution specimen containers do not need to be labeled.

      Training: All new employees will receive training at orientation and annually thereafter.

    Post-Exposure Follow Up: In the event of an exposure to blood or body fluids, contact your supervisor, fill out an incident report, and call University Health Services (x51164) or Infection Control (x57716). The circumstance surrounding the exposure will be documented and the employee will receive medical consultation, follow-up, and treatment, if necessary, in a timely manner. Go to Important Notices - Post-Exposure Procedure for Human Blood & Body Fluids


QUESTIONS??

Hepatitis B Vaccination - ext. 5-2662

Blood/Body Fluid Exposures - ext. 5-2662

Policy & Procedures - ext. 5-9809


Protective Equipment

Hospital Stores - ext. 5-8211


QUESTIONS? Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 8/12/2016. Disclaimer.