What Are Some OSHA Standards for Bloodborne Pathogens?

What Are Some OSHA Standards for Bloodborne Pathogens?

What Are Some OSHA Standards for Bloodborne Pathogens?

Some Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for bloodborne pathogens include keeping food and drinks out of the area, implementing procedures to reduce the risk of spraying and storing samples in leak-proof containers, states OSHA. Consumers can review the full list of standards and requirements through the OSHA page of the United States Department of Labor.

To reduce the risk of bloodborne pathogens, handlers are not permitted to keep food or drink in any area, including refrigerators, shelves, counters or benches that contain blood samples or other potentially infectious materials, notes OSHA. Samples are required to be stored in appropriate containers that are designed to properly store samples while reducing leaking, and handlers must follow implemented processes that are designed to reduce the spread of bloodborne pathogens.