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Environmental Health and Safety

Bloodborne Pathogens

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established the regulatory standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, which is referred to as the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This regulation applies to all personnel with an occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Human blood, and certain other body fluids, may contain pathogenic microorganisms that cause disease in humans, like hepatitis B (HBV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

An individual is considered at risk for occupational exposure if they have reasonably-anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane or parenteral contact with blood, or other potentially infectious materials, that may result from the performance of their job duties.

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