Do you have a Blood Exposure Control Plan? Depending on your field and the likelihood of your employees being exposed to blood and other dangerous fluids, you may be required by OSHA – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – to develop a plan and keep it current. An exposure control plan protects your employees from exposure to blood and other body fluids. By having a plan in place, you will be better prepared if an incident occurs, which will help control the severity of the incident and the cost.
But what type of work is considered ‘high risk’?
Occupations at High Risk for Exposure to Blood/Bodily Fluids
*Note: This list is not comprehensive. These are examples only, and there are many other high-risk occupations not included.
- Police officers, firefighters, and correctional officers
- Healthcare workers/home health care workers/hospice workers
- Tissue bank personnel
- Housekeepers in medical facilities.
- Hospital laundry personnel
- Blood bank and plasma center staff
- Clinical and diagnostic laboratory workers
- Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, etc.
- Workers who must handle infectious waste
- Funeral home and mortuary employees
- Staff responsible for providing first aid
- Volunteers or students who work in higher-risk situations who may not be as experienced as paid personnel
Those who have staff in high-risk situations must have a blood exposure control plan. We think it’s also wise for those who are at a moderate risk to have a plan as well.
To meet OSHA standards, an Exposure Control Plan must:
- Be written specifically for your facility
- Be reviewed and updated yearly
- Be available to all workers
To help you develop your own plan, OSHA has provided a template that you can download here: Blood Exposure Control Plan Template
Accidents in the workplace are never ideal, but you can be sure that everyone is as safe as possible with a plan in place. Once the accident occurs and you have followed your plan guidelines, be sure to call on the trained professionals at Alabama Bioclean to clean and decontaminate the area.
Do you have questions about how to form a Blood Exposure Control Plan? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: 1-866-305-8001