On December 6, 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated the Bloodborne Pathogens standard. This standard is designed to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). The standard was revised by the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000, which SEIU was instrumental in making happen!
This Act set forth in greater detail (and made more specific) OSHA’s requirement for employers to identify, evaluate, and implement safer medical devices. The Act also mandated additional requirements for maintaining a sharps injury log and for the involvement of non-managerial healthcare workers in evaluating and choosing devices. These workers must be responsible for direct patient care and be potentially exposed to injuries from contaminated sharps.
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Useful Bloodborne links:
- Bloodborne Pathogens-OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- Revision to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard-Technical Background
- Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; Final Rule
- Most frequently asked questions concerning the bloodborne pathogens standard
- Quick Reference Guide to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard