Q&A: Needlesticks and employee health insurance

OSHA Healthcare Connection, January 25, 2011

Q: In the event of a needlestick, can our practice send an employee to his or her personal doctor and pay the co-pay or any other fees or do we have to send them to a doctor that the office has contacted with?

A: Always stay away from taking care of occupational bloodborne pathogen exposure expenses through an employee’s insurance. It signals to OSHA that postexposure care might not be provided free as required by the standard.

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