The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) in 1991 because of a significant health risk associated with exposure to viruses and other microorganisms that cause bloodborne diseases. Of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses.

The standard establishes requirements for employers with workers who are “reasonably anticipated” to come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures.

The exposure control plan should describe:

  • Exposure Determination
  • Use of engineering and work practice controls
  • Use of personal protective clothing and equipment
  • Workplace Training
  • Post Exposure Evaluation and Follow Up
  • Hepatitis B Vaccinations
  • Signs and Labels
  • Recordkeeping

This course is taught through lecture, a Power Point presentation, demonstration, and group discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to review sample work tasks with the goal of increasing awareness regarding OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Upon completion of the seminar, attendees will understand the basic requirements of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, and how to create and implement an exposure control plan.

Attendees should include safety committee members, managers, supervisors, first responders, human resource personnel, or anyone who needs an overview of requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.