OSHA blood-borne pathogen standard is designed to protect employees
in the medical industry against contracting diseases that can be
spread through blood. These diseases include, but are not limited to,
Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and The Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This
guide will help you to understand both OSHA’s standards and the steps
your medical facility can take in order to comply.
Is OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard?
OSHA standard for bloodborne pathogens demands a variety of
safeguards for medical employees to prevent them from being exposed
to the following materials:
Does the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act Apply?
The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard was amended to include the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000. This addition was added to reduce the amount of sharps injuries that expose medical personnel to bloodborne pathogens. Part of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act requires adopting protections against sharps injuries and using injection devices without needles.
Can Your Company Comply With the Standard?
most important step in complying with the Bloodborne pathogens
guidelines established by OSHA is to establish an exposure control
plan. This plan is a written set of guidelines for your company to
follow that explain how to reduce the risk for employees. The list
should contain specific lists of job tasks that may increase
employee’s exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including those who are
at the highest risk for sharps injuries.
Fluidics, LLC Suture Needle Management
System provides tools that reduce the potential for needlestick
injuries, and they can be contacted.
Be the first to like.