Bloodborne Pathogens Program requirements
Supervisors are required to ensure that personnel are offered the Hepatitis B vaccine prior to being assigned work that involves a potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
- This requirement is met by the employee completing and submitting the electronic Hepatitis B Vaccine Form within 10 days of assignment to a position with potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens and before working with materials that could contain bloodborne pathogens.
- The vaccine form is also available as part of the EH&S online bloodborne pathogens training course (described below).
If personnel choose to receive the vaccine, it will be given at no cost to employees through a University employee health center. Students who are not UW employees and non-UW personnel may consult their healthcare provider.
You can find more information about the Hepatitis B vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, and you can contact the UW Employee Health Center to speak with a nurse if you have any questions.
Supervisors are required to develop a site-specific Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan as a supplement to the UW Core Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. The site-specific plan identifies which employees or job roles are covered by the plan, the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for each task, engineering controls, safe work practices, spill and decontamination procedures, and first aid/exposure response procedures.
Supervisors are required to ensure that personnel with potential for exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials complete initial and annual bloodborne pathogens training during compensated work hours. Personnel must complete one of the following courses. If personnel do not complete the annual training within 12 months of the previous training, supervisors must ensure that they are not assigned work tasks that involve potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens until the employee's training is current.
Additionally, supervisors are required to provide training to personnel on their Site-Specific Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan and the UW Core Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan. This needs to be reviewed at least annually or whenever changes occur.