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Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Regulation:
29 CFR 1910.1030, Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

Who is covered:
The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard applies to all employees with reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with human blood, blood components, or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties. Other potentially infectious materials means:

  1. The following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood
  2. Any unfixed human tissue or organ (other than intact skin)
  3. HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV

What training is required:
Each training program must be appropriate in context and language and contain at a minimum the following elements:

When training is required:
Training must be completed within ten working days of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place, and at least annually thereafter.

Record keeping:
Training records must be maintained for three years from the date on which the training occurred. Training records must include the dates of the training sessions, the contents or a summary of the training session, the names and qualifications of persons conducting the training, and the names and job titles of all persons attending the training sessions.

Contact name and number:
For further information, call the Biosafety Specialists in Environmental Health and Safety, at 612-626-6002

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