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A good exposure: Making employees aware of your exposure control plan

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 5, 2008

A new fact sheet by NIOSH contains good advice for healthcare OSHA managers on making your exposure control plan available to employees.

Even though it focuses on first responder scenarios, Protect Your Employees with an Exposure Control Plan explains how the plan is the focal point of your bloodborne pathogens policy by being:

 

  • Specific to your facility
  • Updated yearly
  • Accessible to you workers

 

That last point is a good one to remember. At $2,000, not making the exposure control plan available to employees was the largest initial OSHA bloodborne pathogens fine imposed on a physician office in the last six months, according to a report in the August Medical Environment Update.

 

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