Blood-Borne Pathogens

 

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Photo Credit: Address deficiencies in bloodborne pathogens exposure management
By Dionne Williams, MPH, July 2009

An infection control plan must be prepared for all persons who handle, store, use, process, or dispose of infectious medical wastes. This infection control plan complies with OSHA requirement 29 CFR 1910.1030, Bloodborne Pathogens. This portion of your plan will include requirements for personal protective equipment, housekeeping, training, and establishing a procedure for reporting exposures.

We believe that the management of Bloodborne Pathogens is essential, it should be incorporated into all operations including, but not limited to, personnel training, instruction, extracurricular activities, community events, student transportation, and those involved in building maintenance. Your Written Bloodborne Pathogen Plan will contain a set of guidelines to help maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Advanced Health, Safety and Security will help you to establish a Bloodborne Pathogens Contact Person within your business. The designated person will use the information contained in the Program Activities Manual to prevent or reduce the risk of bloodborne diseases to identified “at risk” employees.

We urge all employees to make your Health and Safety program an integral part of their daily operations.

Program Elements Provided Will Include:

  • Develop and implement a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan encompassing OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030
  • Identify Contact Person(s) for Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Review the Written Plan at least annually and update as needed
  • Survey the facility to identify job categories in which employees may be at risk to exposure (Exposure Control Plan exposure determination); document this process
  • Provide Hepatitis B vaccinations to eligible employees, not all employees
  • Train affected employees on proper specific and universal precaution methods and techniques
  • Determine valid exposure incidents, and record and report on “First Report of Injury” for proper insurance documentation
  • Evaluate Bloodborne Pathogen record keeping products and procedures
  • Respond to regulatory agency correspondence, guidelines, and recommendations
  • Monitor or provide updates on regulatory changes and new developments
  • For employees identified as first aid responders, ensure these individuals are provided first aid training (Red Cross training recommended)
  • Develop and implement program to provide Exposure Control Kits (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns, etc.)
  • Pre- or post-exposure evaluation is an approved expenditure under Health and Safety, to the extent of determining if a person is or is not infected, and the type of the disease(s) (e.g., HIV, HBV, and HCV)