Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan


The Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan defines significant exposures such as parenteral or mucous membrane exposure, as well as other potentially infectious materials and explains control measures established to prevent or reduce the risk of these exposures. This detailed plan also outlines post-exposure evaluation and administrative responsibilities.

Exposure is considered significant if it involves a risk of transmission of infection due to contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Types of exposure presenting a risk of transmission are:

  • Parenteral exposure - the pathogen is introduced directly into the body through a break in the skin (existing cuts, sores, abrasions, dermatitis, sunburn or blisters), by needlestick, or through a cut with a contaminated object.
  • Mucous membrane exposure - exposure through a mucous membrane in the eye, nose or mouth from a splash or spray of contaminated material.
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