Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Program
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplaces where employees may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and promotes safe work practices to minimize the incidence of disease due to bloodborne pathogens. OSHA enacted the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030 (and 2001 revision to comply with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act), to reduce/eliminate occupational exposure to hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other bloodborne pathogens that employees may encounter in their workplaces. The University of Minnesota’s Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne and Other Pathogens is not limited to exposures as defined by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. This plan covers all employees who may come in contact with bloodborne and all other potential pathogens via any route of transmission.