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Title: OSHA has important standards on regulation of bloodborne pathogens


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Regulation of bloodborne pathogens
  • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard amends the
    Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000,
    and brings important and useful additions to its
    predecessor. It is aimed at protecting the health
    of healthcare workers who are constantly exposed
    to bloodborne pathogens in their daily work.
  • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard, described
    as standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, is an amendment of
    the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of
    2000, from which it takes off.

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The Bloodborne Pathogens standard relates to
safeguards that OSHA has put in place for
protecting workers from health hazards caused by
contact with bloodborne pathogens. The main aim
of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard being
this it has put in place important aspects
relating to it. These consist of, but are not
limited to
  • Plans for exposure control
  • Collective precautions
  • Controls regarding engineering and work practice
  • Housekeeping
  • Safeguards in relation to protective equipment
    worn by staff
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis B, since those exposed
    to bloodborne pathogens are vulnerable to it
  • Laboratories
  • Hazard communication and its training, and
  • Follow up and care post-exposure
  • Recordkeeping.

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To whom does the Bloodborne Pathogens standard
apply?
  • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard, along with
    its 2001 revisions, is to be complied with by all
    employers who have an employee or employees that
    have an occupational exposure. These exposures
    and their attendant hazards could result from the
    performance of the employee's duties. The
    exposures could include reasonably anticipated
    contact with
  • Eye
  • Skin
  • Mucous membrane, or
  • Parenteral contact with blood or Other
    Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM).

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  • Employers that employ employees who are at risk
    of all these exposures have to mandatorily
    implement the requirements in this standard. A
    few of the new and clarified provisions in the
    OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard are relevant
    to only healthcare settings. Other provisions
    relate to non-healthcare as well as healthcare
    settings as well. These provisions include the
    requirement on updating the Exposure Control Plan
    and keeping a sharps injury log.

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