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Chapter 296-823 WAC

Last Update: 12/4/12

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

WAC Sections

Scope.
Planning.
Determine if you have employees with occupational exposure.
Develop and implement a written exposure control plan.
Training.
Provide training to your employees.
Provide additional training.
Maintain training records.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccinations.
Make hepatitis B vaccination available to employees.
Obtain a copy of the health care professional's written opinion for hepatitis B vaccination and provide it to the employee.
Control employee exposure.
Use feasible controls, including appropriate equipment and safer medical devices, to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure.
Handle contaminated sharps properly and safely.
Handle reusable sharps properly and safely.
Minimize splashing, spraying, splattering, and generation of droplets.
Make sure items are appropriately labeled.
Make sure employees clean their hands.
Prohibit food, drink, and other personal activities in the work area.
Prohibit pipetting or suctioning by mouth.
Place specimens in an appropriate container.
Examine and label contaminated equipment.
Make sure your worksite is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.
Handle regulated waste properly and safely.
Handle contaminated laundry properly and safely.
Personal protective equipment (PPE).
Provide and make sure personal protective equipment is used when there is occupational exposure.
Make sure gloves are worn.
Make sure appropriate masks, eye protection, and face shields are worn.
Wear appropriate protective clothing.
Make resuscitator devices available.
Maintain personal protective equipment.
Post-exposure requirements.
Make a confidential medical evaluation and follow-up available to employees who experience an exposure incident.
Test the blood of the source person.
Provide the results of the source person's blood test to the exposed employee.
Collect and test the blood of the exposed employee.
Provide information to the health care professional evaluating the employee.
Obtain and provide a copy of the health care professional's written opinion on post-exposure evaluation to the employee.
Records.
Establish and maintain medical records.
Maintain a sharps injury log.
Additional requirements for HIV and HBV research laboratories and production facilities.
Prepare, review, and update a biosafety manual.
Follow these special practices for the work area.
Make sure these practices for contaminated material and waste are followed.
Make sure these special practices for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safe guards are followed.
Protect vacuum lines.
Use and handle hypodermic needles and syringes appropriately and safely.
Handle all spills and accidents properly.
Post signs.
Provide additional training for facility employees.
Furnish a sink for washing hands and a readily available eye wash facility.
Make sure these additional criteria are followed for HIV and HBV production facilities.
Definitions.