Bloodborne Pathogens

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Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing viruses, bacteria, or other organisms than can cause serious illness, and are transmitted through contact with human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).  The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan covers George Mason University personnel whose job duties present a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to human blood or OPIM, and outlines procedures and policies to protect employees in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. Elements of the plan include universal precautions, exposure determination work practice controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), housekeeping, HIV research facilities, hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, communication of hazards, recordkeeping, and program evaluation.

For more information on bloodborne pathogens, or if you are an employee who needs to request a sharps container, replacement biohazard bags, or a pickup of regulated biohazard waste, please contact EHS.