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NCJ Number: 150212 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Laboratory Safety and the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
Journal: Crime Laboratory Digest  Volume:20  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1993)  Pages:53-55
Author(s): C P Whitcomb
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 3
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Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard recently formulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Abstract: Compliance with this standard should greatly reduce the risk for occupational exposure to the Hepatitis B and HIV viruses in the workplace. Exposure determination must be made based on the definition of occupational exposure without regard to personal protective clothing or equipment. The standard requires employers to provide information and training on bloodborne pathogens to all employees who have a reasonable expectation of occupational exposure. Training must cover symptoms and epidemiology, the employer's exposure control plan, pathogen transmission, limitations of protective clothing, handling and disposal procedures, vaccinations, and reporting procedures for accidental exposures. Preventive measures center on access to the Hepatitis B vaccination and implementation of universal precautions. The standards also cover methods of control and procedures and record keeping if an exposure occurs. 13 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; AIDS/HIV workplace policies/programs; Hepatitis; Occupational safety and health
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