Laboratory Occupational Health Program For Human Source Material

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final standard for occupational exposure to bloodborne infectious diseases (aka the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard) became effective July 15, 1993, and was designed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and other bloodborne pathogens.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employers to implement a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, informational training, Hepatitis B vaccination, post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, sign and label programs, and other provisions for employees who reasonably may anticipate coming into contact with blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) during the performance of their job duties.


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