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Bloodborne Pathogens Program

. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030  - Bloodborne Pathogens

. OSHA Resource Page

. Sample Exposure Control Plan

. NAVMC 5100.8 Chapter 20  - Marine Corps Bloodborne Pathogens Program

What you need to know:
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

What you need to do:
1) Review your Industrial Hygiene Survey to see if there is occupational exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, or contact Industrial Hygiene if you believe personnel can potentially be exposed to them.

2) Where potential occupational exposure exists; each unit or department shall establish a written Exposure Control Plan with help from the Industrial Hygiene / Medical Treatment Facility that is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.

3) The Exposure Control Plan shall be accessible to employees.

4) The Exposure Control Plan shall be reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary to reflect new or modified tasks and procedures which affect occupational exposure and to reflect new or revised employee positions with occupational exposure.

5) Each unit or department shall train each employee with occupational exposure initially and annually thereafter in accordance with the OSHA Standard. Such training must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Camilla Lawson @ (760) 763-5328 or Mr. Dale Waldren @ (760) 763-2366. Or send an email to CPen_Safety_Help@usmc.mil.