Bloodborne Pathogens

What to Do in Case of Exposure to Human Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials

The University of Kentucky is committed to providing work, study, and research environments that are free from recognized hazards, including those from human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). All personnel with reasonably-anticipated exposures to human blood or OPIM must be covered by a unit-specific Exposure Control Plan. This Plan must describe how a combination of engineering and work practice controls, the use of personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccination, and signs/labels will be used to protect personnel, and must be updated at least annually.

Engineering controls are the primary means of eliminating or minimizing exposure and can include the use of safer medical devices, such as needleless devices, shielded needle devices, and plastic capillary tubes.

Potentially affected personnel must be trained at least annually on both the unit-specific procedures and general bloodborne pathogens (BBP) training. Online BBP training modules for both researchers and non-research personnel can be found on the EHS Training page.

If you have questions about bloodborne pathogens, training, or how to complete an Exposure Control Plan, please contact Robert Thomas at UK OHS: 859-257-7600.

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