Assisted Living providers around the country are reporting increased scrutiny and audits by OSHA. OSHA standards are comprehensive, affecting virtually every aspect of your Community’s operations. One of the key OSHA standards to be aware of are the bloogborne pathogens regulations.
OSHA Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires every “employer having employees with occupational exposure” to blood or other potentially infectious materials to “establish a written Exposure Control Plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.”
Required elements of an Exposure Control Plan (ECP) include, but are not limited to:
- Exposure determination for job classifications in your Community
- Methods of compliance
- Hepatitis B vaccination policies
- Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up policies and procedures
- Communication of hazards
- Record keeping
- Annual reviews and updates
Always check the OSHA standards and requirements for your state before modifying any policies or procedures.