Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

5-31-1993

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Howard Gage

Second Advisor

Min-Yong Park

Third Advisor

Layek Abdel-Malek

Abstract

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulation on Bloodborne Pathogens is in full effect since its introduction on December, 1991. This standard mandates that every company whose workers may expect to come into contact with human blood, or other body fluids, during the course of their work develop an Exposure Control Plan, train employees about Bloodborne Pathogens and establish work practice controls. All hospitals, physician and dental offices, ambulance companies, emergency medical technicians, medical laboratories, fire departments, and sites with their own first aid and response teams must comply with the standard.

Bloodborne pathogens include, among others, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus. Both are potentially fatal. Other bloodborne diseases are Lyme disease, herpes virus, malaria, babesiosis and Chagas' disease.

This document provides for employee exposure determination, the method and schedule of implementation of the standard requirements and a description of exposure incident evaluation procedures. The documentation is design to assist employers compliance with the regulation. All bloodborne pathogen aspects are covered to protect employees health and to avoid OSHA inspection penalties

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