Recognize The Potential For Exposure
Both rescuers should be
wearing the proper PPE.
Employer Responsibilities to Identify Jobs at Risk
Employers must identify job classifications in which employees have
occupational exposure, as well as the associated tasks and procedures in
which there is a potential of exposure to blood or other infectious
Employers must review job classifications annually to ensure
proper procedures and training is established.
What jobs are most at risk of exposure?
Occupations with a likely chance of occupational exposure include:
Medical providers are often exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material (OPIM).
- First aid providers
- Daycare workers
- Lab workers
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
- Law enforcement agents
- Medical and dental personnel
An employer must review every job
classification and make a determination of the potential occupational
exposure for that position. Failure to properly identify potential
occupational exposure can result in warnings or fines issued by OSHA.
If an occupational exposure does occur, it is important for you to
follow the employer's written procedures for handling medical self-care
and evaluation, as well as documenting the circumstances of the
Maria is an employee for a local
hospital and works in their housekeeping department.
Is it Maria's responsibility to know what her
occupational exposure is?
It is the
employer's responsibility to ensure each employee is properly
trained and understands their
potential occupational exposure. Further, the employer is
responsible for documenting the training and maintaining all
associated records. Maria has the responsibility to follow the
established procedures identified in her employer's exposure
control plan and ask questions if needed.
It is important to know if your job classification puts you
at risk for occupational exposure. If your job puts you at risk, be aware that specific tasks or procedures may still have the
potential for exposure.