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Bloodborne Pathogens checklist

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Exposure Control Plan

  • A written exposure control plan has been developed.
  • The written exposure control plan is available on request for examination or copying.
  • The written exposure control plan is updated yearly.

Engineering and Work Practice Controls

  • Employees do follow universal precautions to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Engineering and work practice controls are implemented before personal protective equipment is used.
  • Engineering controls are examined and maintained on a regular schedule to ensure their effectiveness.
  • Handwashing facilities are readily accessible.
  • Employees do wash their hands immediately after removing gloves or other personal protective equipment.
  • Employees do wash or flush hands or other skin areas with soap and water after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • It is prohibited to bend, recap, or remove contaminated needles or sharps except as noted below.
  • It can be assured that the shearing and breaking of contaminated needles does not occur.
  • It is prohibited to eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics, and handle contact lenses in work areas where the potential exists for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in refrigerators, freezers, shelves, cabinets, or on countertops or benchtops where blood or other potentially infectious materials are present.
  • Tasks involving blood or other potentially infectious materials are performed in a way that minimizes splashing and generating droplets of these substances.
  • Mouth pipetting and suctioning of blood or other potentially infectious agents is prohibited.
  • Specimens of blood or other potentially infectious materials are placed in an appropriate container that prevents leakage during collection, handling, processing, storage, or transport.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks, and eye protection is provided free to persons potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
  • Personal protective equipment of appropriate sizes is readily accessible or issued to all employees.
  • Hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, powderless gloves, or other similar alternatives are readily accessible to those who are allergic to the gloves normally provided.
  • Personal protective equipment is repaired or replaced to maintain its effectiveness.
  • Students and employees do immediately remove garments that have been penetrated by blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Students and employees do remove all personal protective equipment before leaving the work area.
  • Students and employees do use an appropriately designated area or container for storage, washing, decontamination, or disposal of personal protective equipment.
  • Students and employees do wear gloves whenever the possibility exists of hand contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Disposable (single-use) gloves are replaced as soon as they are contaminated, torn, punctured or cannot function as a barrier.
  • It is prohibited to re-use disposable (single-use) gloves.
  • Utility gloves are decontaminated and re-used only if the integrity of the glove is not compromised.
  • Students and employees do wear masks and eye protection devices (such as goggles or glasses with solid side shields or chin-length face shields) whenever splashes or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated and eye, nose, or mouth contamination can be reasonably anticipated.
  • Gowns, aprons, lab coats, clinic jackets, or similar outer garments are worn whenever exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials is anticipated.
  • There is a written method of decontamination and schedule for cleaning of all areas and surfaces that may become contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • All equipment and working surfaces are cleaned and decontaminated immediately, or as soon as feasible, after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Protective covers are used to cover equipment and surfaces removed and replaced as soon as feasible when they become overtly contaminated.
  • All reusable receptacles such as bins, pails and cans that are likely to become contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials are inspected and decontaminated on a regular schedule.
  • All reusable receptacles such as bins, pails and cans that are likely to become contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials are cleaned and decontaminated immediately, or as soon as feasible, upon visible contamination.
  • Picking up broken contaminated glassware with your hands is prohibited.
  • Broken contaminated glassware is always cleaned up with mechanical means such as a brush and dust pan, tongs, or forceps.
  • Contaminated sharps are discarded immediately or as soon as feasible into containers.
  • Containers are used for sharps disposal closable, puncture resistant, leakproof on sides and bottom, and labeled with a biohazard warning label or colored red.
  • Containers used for sharps disposal are easily accessible and located in the area where sharps are used or can be reasonably anticipated to be found.
  • Containers used for sharps disposal are maintained upright throughout use.
  • Containers used for sharps disposal are replaced routinely and not allowed to overfill.
  • Sharps containers are closed immediately prior to removal or replacement to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling, storage, transport, or shipping.
  • Sharps containers are placed in an appropriate secondary container if leakage is possible.
  • Reusable sharps that are contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials are not stored or processed in a manner that requires a person to reach by hand into the containers where these sharps have been placed.
  • Reusable containers are not opened, emptied, or cleaned manually or in any other manner which might expose a person to the risk of skin puncture.
  • Regulated waste, other than sharps, is placed into containers which is closable.
  • Regulated waste, other than sharps, is placed into containers which is constructed to contain all contents and prevent leakage of fluid during handling, storage, transport or shipping.
  • Regulated waste, other than sharps, is placed into containers which is labeled with a biohazard warning label or colored red.
  • Regulated waste, other than sharps, is placed into containers which is closed prior to removal to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling, storage, transport, or shipping
  • Containers of regulated waste, other than sharps, that have become contaminated on the outside are placed into appropriate secondary containers.
  • Contaminated laundry is handled as little as possible with a minimum of agitation or movement.
  • Contaminated laundry is bagged or put into other containers at the location it is used.
  • Contaminated laundry is placed and transported in bags or containers labeled with the biohazard symbol or colored red.
  • Wet contaminated laundry is placed and transported in bags or containers that will prevent soak-through and/or leakage of fluids to the exterior.
  • Persons who handle contaminated laundry do wear protective gloves and other appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Garments which have been penetrated by blood or other potentially infectious materials are removed immediately or as soon as possible by the user.
  • The hepatitis B vaccination series is made available to all persons who are reasonably anticipated to come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials through the performance of their job duties.
  • The hepatitis B vaccination series is made available to persons who have received the required bloodborne pathogen training.
  • Within 10 days of initial assignment, the hepatitis B vaccination series is made available to persons whose job is reasonably anticipated to have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Persons who refused to take the hepatitis B vaccination series have signed a statement to that effect following the form prescribed by the OSHA standard.
  • A confidential medical evaluation and follow-up is made available to an exposed person following a report of an exposure incident.
  • Containers of regulated waste are labeled with a biohazard warning label.
  • Individuals who are reasonably anticipated to have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials in the course of their work or student activities are provided training on bloodborne athogens.
  • Bloodborne pathogen training is provided before or at the time of initial assignment where contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials is possible.
  • Bloodborne pathogen refresher training is provided at least annually.
  • Additional bloodborne pathogen training is provided when changes are instituted that might affect exposure such as modification of tasks or procedures or adoption of new tasks or procedures.
  • The bloodborne pathogen training material is appropriate in content and vocabulary to the educational level, literacy, and language of people to be trained.
  • The person(s) who conducts the bloodborne pathogen training is knowledgeable in the subject matter.
  • Accurate medical records are maintained regarding hepatitis B vaccinations, examinations, medical testing, follow-up procedures, and copies of written opinions given in response to exposure incidents.
  • Records are maintained of training that shows the dates of the training sessions, the contents of the training session, the names and qualifications of person conducting the training, and the names of the persons attending the training sessions.
  • Training records are maintained for at least 3 years.