Bloodborne Pathogens Fact Sheet

What are bloodborne pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious materials in the blood that can cause disease in humans, including but not limited to: Hepatitis B and C and human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Workers exposed to these pathogens risk serious illness or death.

What protections does OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard provide?

The full text of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1030, details what employers must do to protect workers whose jobs put them at a reasonable risk of coming into contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials.

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