C.C.R., Title 8, Section 5193
The goal of this standard is to protect workers from unnecessary exposure to health hazards in blood and bodily fluids called blood-borne pathogens. The complete written plan is available for review in the Safety Training Manual.
The written Exposure Control Plan specifically addresses the blood-borne pathogens HIV/AIDs and the Hepatitis viruses (particularly Hep B, or HBV).
This Written Program Consists of:
- A review of work assignments to determine employee potential for occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens
- Procedures for controlling exposure to blood-borne pathogens
- An employee training program
- Procedures to offer the Hepatitis B vaccinations to those employees determined to be at occupational risk and a post exposure follow-up, both at no cost to employees
Employees Have the Right to:
- Receive training specific to the control of exposure to blood-borne pathogens
- Choose to receive, at no cost to the employee, the Hepatitis B vaccination series, and if exposed to blood-borne pathogens while on the job, a post exposure follow up program
- Privacy in regards to medical examination reports, testing and other post-exposure follow-up
Employees are Responsible for:
- Complying with instructions and procedures provided during blood-borne pathogens Exposure Control Training
- Reporting potential exposure incidents immediately
- Using the personal protective gear provided
- Maintaining confidentiality regarding all information about a "source" individual
Engineering Controls is anything that provides a barrier between you and any suspected contaminated substances. Depending on your tasks, such barriers might be latex gloves, plastic trash liners, goggles or face masks, and brooms and dustpans.
Universal Precautions means assuming all blood, bodily fluids, used hypodermic needles and other kinds of trash may be contaminated with blood-borne pathogens and always using personal protective gear and safety procedures when handling these and other similar items.