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Bloodborne Pathogens

Principal investigators with laboratory operations involving any reasonable, occupational risk of exposure to blood or bodily fluids must establish, implement and maintain a written exposure control plan that meets the requirements of California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Title 8, section 5193.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan template (link provided below) is designed to address the minimal requirements stated in California Code of Regulations Title 8, section 5193 (c)(1). Laboratory specific concerns should be addressed such that the completed plan describes all program elements needed to reduce or eliminate employee and student exposure to potential sources of bloodborne pathogens. The principal investigator must fill in the required information in sufficient detail to provide a useful training document for all laboratory personnel.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan must be included with new and renewal biological use authorization (BUA) applications. Completion and annual update of this plan is a prerequisite for securing and maintaining institutional biosafety committee approval of your BUA. The exposure control plan shall be revised to note any significant changes, including the implementation of any engineered sharps. Where applicable, the information included in this plan may duplicate information in your BUA. The principal investigator is responsible for training staff and students in each document.

Employees, including post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduates, performing operations involving any risk of exposure to blood or bodily fluids are required to attend bloodborne pathogens training annually. The presentation is scheduled quarterly on the fourth Thursday of January, April, July and October and it is advertised by email on the “Bio business” listserv.

If you have any questions, contact the campus biosafety officer at (805) 893-8894.

California Occupational Safety and Health Standard Title 8, section 5193

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standard 1910.1030

"Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated January 31, 2012.

UCSB Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan [Doc]

Human Blood Cleanup Protocol [PDF]

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