Bloodborne Pathogens Program

Safety Systems & Solutions, Inc.
412 Main Avenue
P.O. Box 66, Wynantskill, New York 12198
(518) 283-8228, FAX: (518) 283-3331
e-mail: info@safetysystems.com

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BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS PROGRAM

This new rule outlined under 29 CFR 1910.1030 is one of OSHA's newest and most pervasive standards.

The Bloodborne Pathogens standard became effective March 1992 and required full employer compliance by July 6, 1992. It was first written to protect health-care workers and medical lab employees from casual infection by serious diseases carried in the blood and body fluids of others - chief among them the HIV virus (which causes A.I.D.S.) and the HBV virus (which causes Hepatitis B - a serious liver disease).

The law also applies to all employers whose employees have infection exposure because their jobs or assigned tasks include the likelihood of exposure. Non-health associated jobs may include trained emergency response teams, trained first-aid persons, industrial medical surveillance operations such as in-house health-care departments, supervisors tasked with accident response, or any routine operation where human blood and/or other potentially infectious materials may be present.

The employer in such instances must have an Exposure Control Plan which includes:
  1. The identification of high exposure-risk jobs or tasks
  2. The providing of free pre-exposure treatment such as HBV vaccination to employees identified in #1
  3. Employee training in protection techniques
  4. Safe work procedure including housekeeping and decontamination of exposure areas.
  5. Engineering Controls
  6. Personal Protective Equipment
  7. Labeling of all biohazard waste and proper disposal of same
  8. Free post-exposure medical evaluation and monitoring of exposed employees
  9. Medical records and training records maintenance
  10. Confidentiality Rights of Employees and employee information

If you believe that you are subject to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard call Safety Systems for assistance. Upon confirming your need we can develop your written program and training plan and conduct training if you desire.

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Safety Systems & Solutions, Inc.
412 Main Avenue
P.O. Box 66, Wynantskill, New York 12198
(518) 283-8228, FAX: (518) 283-3331
e-mail: info@safetysystems.com