The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a directive on how employers can minimize the health risks presented by bloodborne pathogens
present on contaminated needles or other sharp objects.
Definitions from the text of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen
The physician's office has been regulated by OSHA law for years.[2,3] Physician interest in OSHA regulations only recently increased with the establishment of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
Standard and the subsequent threat of inspections and fines.[4-8] The new OSHA regulations are designed to protect the 5.5 million health care workers at risk of exposure to infection.[4,9,10] Deadlines for compliance with the new regulations in 1992 caused physicians to seek more information about the regulations.
Awareness of universal precautions to prevent bloodborne pathogen
transmission was reported by 99% of respondents; 161 (91%; 95% confidence interval [CI]=86%-96%) of 177 respondents reported attending at least one training session on universal precautions.
As of December 31, 1989, there had been 1948 reported cases of health care workers who had had a significant exposure to blood products or bodily secretions from patients who were HIV positive. Of these reported exposures, six had seroconverted to HIV-positive status after the exposure. Even though this constitutes a low seroconversion rate (0.29%), 30% to 40% of these exposures could have been prevented by following the universal precaution guidelines established in 1985 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)[2,3] to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV and other bloodborne pathogens
to health care workers (Table 1).[4,5]
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. Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1992.
transmission in health care workers--risk and prevention strategies.
6, 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Bloodborne Pathogen
Standard that revolutionized the way we do business in the clinical laboratory.
The debate about scientific soundness derives from the reliance on the PPD test, which is neither sensitive nor specific, unlike the hepatitis B antibody and surface antigen test on which the bloodborne pathogen
standard is based.
Now, giving immediate care is only part of the larger area of concern regarding contagion from bloodborne pathogens
. As the person responsible for the safety of everyone in your camp, you need to know that your responsibility extends to bloodborne pathogen
contagion risks, risks due to HIV (the causative virus of AIDS) and HBV (the causative virus of Hepatitis B).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires courier companies that are transporting medical specimens to provide bloodborne pathogen
(BBP) training for their drivers upon hire and annually thereafter.
In addition, to develop and evaluate additional measures for preventing bloodborne pathogen
transmission in nuclear medicine departments and other health-care settings, CDC requests that incidents involving possible transmission of bloodborne pathogens
to patients in a health-care setting be reported through local and state health departments to CDC's HIV Infections Branch, Hospital Infections Program, (telephone  639-1547) or Hepatitis Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (telephone  639-3048).