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Q&A: How frequently must I review the exposure control plan?

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 2, 2005

Q: How frequently must I review the exposure control plan?

A: The minimum review requirement is once a year, but that is only if nothing has changed in your facility concerning bloodborne pathogens hazards.

Update the exposure control plan "whenever necessary to reflect new or modified tasks and procedures which affect occupational exposure and to reflect new or revised employee positions with occupational exposure," states section (c) (1) (iv) of the bloodborne pathogens standard.

Failing to update the exposure control pan was the third most frequent bloodborne pathogens violation for healthcare facilities. Average fines were just under $300 per violation, as reported in the August Medical Environment Update.

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