Bloodborne Pathogens, Rights & Responsibilities
OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) as amended pursuant to the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000, prescribes safeguards to protect workers against the health hazards caused by bloodborne pathogens. Its requirements address items such as exposure control plans, universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective equipment, housekeeping, laboratories, hepatitis B vaccination, post-exposure follow-up, hazard communication and training, and recordkeeping. The standard places requirements on employers whose workers can be reasonably anticipated to contact blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), such as unfixed human tissues and certain body fluids.
Bloodborne Pathogen: germs in the blood that can make people sick
Additional Symptoms & Long-Term Effects
Hepatitis B Virus/Hepatitis C Virus
Bloodborne Pathogens can enter the body and make a person sick by
American Heart Association recommendation for exposure, Make a P.A.C.T.
Protect yourself from blood or blood-containing materials
Act quickly and safely
Clean the area that has blood or blood-containing materials
Tell your supervisor about the incident
*Always remember Scene Safety, do not put yourself in harm’s way.
Equipment in operation, electrical exposure, chemical exposure, slick surfaces, etc.
Universal Precautions = PPE
A person cannot look at blood and determine that there is a bloodborne pathogen, the use of Universal Precautions can minimize exposure.
Spill Containment and Reporting:
Disposal of Contaminants: