If an employee can reasonably be expected to come into contact with blood or other-potentially-infectious-materials (OPIM) as a part of assigned work, the employee must be trained in proper work practices, what to do if exposed to blood, and other elements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Employees are required to work with these materials in a safe manner that minimizes the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
29 CFR 1910.1030
Keys to Compliance for Supervisors
- Establish work procedures that minimize risks to employees working with materials that may contain bloodborne pathogens
- Ensure that at-risk employees receive safety training annually
- Provide proper equipment, supplies, and personal protective equipment to protect employees
- Ensure that all at-risk employees are given the opportunity for immunization against Hepatitis B, at University expense.
- If an employee is exposed to blood or OPIM, provide immediate medical treatment via Prompt Care, the IU Student Health Center, or Bloomington Hospital
- Report any employee exposure to the IU Biosafety Officer
- If employees are expected to clean up blood or OPIM spills, provide appropriate training and supplies.