Biological Safety

Biological LabelExposure Control Plan (Bloodborne Pathogens Plan)

Prepared by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety

In September, 1986, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) were petitioned by various unions representing healthcare employees to develop an emergency temporary standard to protect employees from occupational exposure to bloodborne diseases. The agency decided to pursue the development of Section 6 (b) to the Act Standard and published a proposed rule on May 30, 1989.

This manual was developed to comply with State and Federal Regulations and to inform CSU, Chico employees about the University’s bloodborne pathogen Exposure Control Plan. The primary purpose of the Plan is to assure the well-being and to protect the safety and health of CSU, Chico employees. The intent of Bloodborne Pathogen policies is to reduce the risk of on-the-job exposure to bloodborne diseases.

This manual includes the following information:

  • An overview of bloodborne pathogens;
  • Exposure control, including Universal Precautions, engineering and workplace controls, personal protective equipment, hand washing, sharps precautions, resuscitation equipment, housekeeping, and laundry;
  • Training and education;
  • Recordkeeping;
  • Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up.

Employees are required to follow the guidelines and procedures set forth in this plan. Employees should read this manual carefully, and any questions regarding the contents of this plan should be brought to the attention of their immediate supervisors.

This plan will be reviewed annually.