One of the major goals of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to regulate facilities where work is carried out to promote safe work practices in an effort to minimize the incidence of illness and injury experienced by employees.   Relative to this goal, OSHA has enacted the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, codified as  29 CFR 1910.1030. The purpose of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is to "reduce occupational exposure to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis C (HCV),and other bloodborne pathogens that employees may encounter in the workplace."

The University of the Sciences believes that there are a number of good general principles that should be followed when working with bloodborne pathogens.   These include that:

We have implemented this Exposure Control Plan to meet the letter and intent of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards.  The objective of this plan is twofold:

Refer to our Biological Safety Manual for detailed information on procedures and safe work practices when working with potentially infectious materials.

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