The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to perform an exposure determination concerning which employees may incur occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. This exposure determination is made without regard to the use of personal protective equipment (i.e., employees are considered to be exposed even if they wear personal protective equipment). This exposure determination is required to list all job classifications in which employees may be expected to incur an occupational exposure, regardless of frequency. At this facility, the following job classifications are in this category:
- Clinic staff to include
- Supervisors who have been trained as first aid & CPR providers
- Sanitation workers (Those who are exposed to BBP clean up)
- HAZMAT team members
- Waste Water workers
In addition, OSHA requires the listing of job classifications in which some employees may have occupational exposure. The procedures that would cause employees in these classifications to have occupational exposure must also be listed in order to clearly identify the employees with exposure. The job classifications and associated tasks for these categories are as follows:
- Laundry & Housekeeping (contracted)
- Waste Water Workers
This plan must include the methods of implementation for the various requirements of the OSHA standard. This facility will do the following to meet this requirement.
Universal precautions will be observed to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. All blood will be considered infectious regardless of the perceived status of the source individual.
Engineering and work practice controls will be used first to eliminate or minimize employee exposure. Where occupational exposure remains after institution of these controls, personal protective equipment must also be used. The following engineering controls will be used:
- Puncture resistant disposal containers (sharps)
- Bio-hazard bags (red)
- Self sheathing needles
Hand washing facilities will be made available to employees who incur exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. OSHA requires that these facilities be readily accessible after employees incur exposure. All exposed employees must make sure that employees wash hands and any other potentially contaminated skin area after removal of personal protective gloves. The washing will be done with soap and water immediately or as soon as feasible after removal.
The following template can be used to help your organization develop a written Bloodborn pathogen and it’s Control Exposure Plan. This template cannot be used as is – you must customize the template to meet the needs of your organization. We have made this template easier for you to customize by adding visual prompts that identify some areas where your input is needed. These are identified by Red highlighted, red text in the template. You may also change any of the text in the template to meet your organization’s needs – for example, Company department names, job titles, listed responsibilities and audiologist.
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