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Biosafety

Bloodborne Pathogens Program

Employees working with human blood or potentially infectious human blood, body fluids, tissues or cell lines as part of their job duties are required by OSHA to participate in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program. The program requires annual training for all potentially exposed employees.

Bloodborne pathogens include any organism that is present in human blood or body fluids that can cause disease. Common examples of bloodborne pathogens are the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, and the Hepatitis B Virus, which causes the liver disease Hepatitis B.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a ruling in 1991 (OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030) with the purpose of protecting employees from occupationally acquiring illnesses caused by bloodborne pathogens.

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