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Bloodborne Pathogens Program

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in the blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens” (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to implement safeguards to protect workers against the health hazards associated with blood and other potentially infectious materials. The OSHA standard covers all employees who could be "reasonably anticipated" to have an eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral (e.g. needle stick) contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while performing their job duties. Workers that may have exposure to blood or OPIM include, but are not limited to nurses, research lab associates, laboratory technologists, first responders, and physicians.