Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030. University of Kentucky Department of Biological Safety.
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University of Kentucky
Department of Biological Safety
The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard covers all occupational exposures to blood or other potentially infectious materials and serves to provide methods to protect workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
For a copy of the standard:
The probability of being infected following an
exposure to a known HIV positive source is
only about 0.4% and there are only 5 reported
cases of laboratory acquired HIV infections.
If the probability of infection is so low, why are all these precautions recommended?
While the onset of AIDS may be delayed through drug therapy and opportunistic infections may be treatable, AIDS is at this time incurable and fatal.
One way to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens is through the practice of universal precautions.
Universal precautions are an approach to infection control in which all human blood and certain human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens.
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To evaluate the effectiveness of engineering and work practice controls and PPE, you need to assess the risk of the task being performed.
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Hazardous Waste Pick-up Request
Reusable lab coats should never be taken
home to be laundered.
Lab coats worn during the manipulation of
blood or OPIM should be bagged and
appropriately labeled with the universal
biohazard symbol prior to pick-up or drop-off
for laundry service. Attempts should be
made to limit contact with contaminated
UK Exposure Control Plan Template:
All labs utilizing human blood or OPIM must have an Exposure Control Plan.
Summary of methods to prevent personnel from exposure to blood or OPIM including:
To decline vaccination, sign a declination form stating:
I understand that due to my occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials I may be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. I have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, at no charge to myself. However, I decline hepatitis B vaccination at this time. I understand that by declining this vaccine, I continue to be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B, a serious disease. If in the future I continue to have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials and I want to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, I can receive the vaccination series at no charge to me.
In the event of an exposure incident:
For more information on post-exposure response:
Department of Biological Safety
505 Oldham Court
Lexington, KY 40502
Senior Biosafety Specialist