The Risk of Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in blood that can cause many serious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. The risk of exposure to them is related to the likelihood of contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Because those responding to a medical emergency may come in contact with blood or other body fluids when assisting an injured victim, concern for an exposure event is well founded since a single incident can result in infection, illness, and in some instances, death.

OSHA Regulatory Mandate

In 1991 OSHA issued a regulatory standard that applies to all employers whose workers may have occupational exposure, and this includes anyone required to provide first aid or medical assistance in the workplace. Employers must minimize employee risk for exposure with preventive planning, education and record keeping. Specifically an employer must create a written exposure control plan that describes engineering and work practice controls, provide annual employee training and hepatitis B vaccination at no cost, and maintain all training and vaccination records. In the event of an exposure incident they must provide medical care and maintain a written record of the event for 30 years. Meeting these standards is not an option, it is Federal Law. For non-medical institutions, identifying and responding to these regulatory mandates can be difficult, confusing, time consuming, expensive and potentially fraught with error.

Providing Solutions

We will work with you to implement Universal Precautions with a written plan that includes personal protection equipment and hygiene, engineering and work practice controls, spill containment and clean-up, and procedures for post exposure evaluation and follow-up. We will assist you in defining occupational risk, provide the convenience of on-line exposure control training, address OSHA mandated employee hepatitis B vaccination standards, provide a required reporting format, and maintain all specified records.

Continuing to Work with You

Initial planning alone is insufficient as the mandatory standards are dynamic. OHSA requires on-going training, informational updates, and constant preparation for possible events. Continued support by an experienced compliance officer using our secure web-enabled system will assure that your organization always conforms to current standards and practices and is ready if an incident occurs Let our experience remove the uncertainty of implementing this important regulatory standard by providing a convenient, complete and comprehensive one stop solution.

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“Because those responding to a medical emergency may be exposed to blood or other body fluids…”

Comprehensive Planning and Support

  • Universal precautions
  • Personal protection equipment and hygiene
  • Engineering and work practice controls
  • Spill containment and clean-up
  • Post exposure procedure and follow-up
  • Occupational risk determination
  • On-line exposure control training
  • Automatic expiration notification
  • Employee vaccination records
  • Exposure incident report
  • OSHA required records maintenance