Are there employees at your facility that work with human blood, blood products, or other potentially infectious materials? Is there a chance that employees at your facility will come into contact with human blood, blood products, or other potentially infectious materials as a result of conducting their job duties?
29 CFR 1910.1030(c)(2) requires each employer who has employees with occupational exposure to human blood, blood products, or other potentially infectious materials to document their exposure determination.
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials as defined in the standard. Any facility with workers that are potentially exposed to human source material should review this standard in close detail to determine applicability to their site. The exposure determination must include a list of the job classifications with occupational exposure, and a list of all the tasks and procedures in which occupational exposure occurs within the job classifications identified.
As you all know, documentation is critical. Determining the affected job classifications is necessary, but it is also necessary to determine the job classifications that are not affected. Clear documentation supporting the reasoning behind the exposure determination is extremely important. And of course remember to follow what it documented in the exposure determination.