Bloodborne PathogensThe potential exists that an employee may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (e.g. certain body fluids) in the course of their work. An exposure incurs the risk that the employee may become infected with a bloodborne pathogen from the source of the blood or body fluid.
These pathogens include, but are not limited to:
- Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
- Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
An exposure is defined as a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin (includes skin with dermatitis, hangnails, cuts, abrasions, chafing, acne, etc), or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Any exposure must be reported immediately so that the employee receives appropriate counseling, treatment, and post-exposure follow up as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you have been exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials, please review the procedural form for next steps immediately following exposure.