OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard

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OSHA BBP facts

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Five frequently cited sections of the BBP standard:

  • Establishment of an exposure control plan
  • Review and update the exposure control plan
  • Use of engineering and work practice controls
  • Employee training program
  • Availability of HBV vaccination

How does your nuclear medicine department rate?

Is your facility compliant with the revised OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard?

In 2001, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard with the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act emphasizing needlestick safety. Nuclear medicine professionals deal with biological and radioactive hazards with every patient administration. For the unique requirements in nuclear medicine, Cardinal Health offers an innovative line of needle safety products for use in nuclear medicine to help you comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard.

Resources for OSHA BBP compliance:

Main provisions of the legislation:
  • Modification of the definitions related to engineering controls: Healthcare facilities must use appropriate sharps devices or needleless systems.
  • Revising and updating the Exposure Control Plan (ECP): The ECP must show the use and annual evaluation of exposure control technology.
  • Solicitation of employee input: Employers must solicit employee input in choosing safer devices.
  • Sharps injury log: Requires employers to establish a log to better track needlesticks.
OSHA bloodborne pathogens fact sheet

Exposure Control Plan 

One frequently cited section of the BBP standard is the lack of an established exposure control plan.  Cardinal Health has developed a comprehensive Exposure Control Plan template for the nuclear medicine department to assist you in meeting this requirement. 

Exposure Control Plan (ECP) for nuclear medicine

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