Ask the expert: Post-exposure costs and employment termination

By: May 18th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: We have an employee who left our practice before all his needlestick post-exposure follow-up work could be completed. Now he has been rehired, and he wants us to pay for testing. Are we obligated under OSHA to resume the testing and pay for it?

A: Once the employer-employee relationship is severed, it ceases to become an OSHA matter, and you are under no OSHA obligation to resume testing.

Now, from a non-OSHA but a liability perspective, it might be prudent to cooperate with the employee to ensure documentation in case of future claims against the practice for contracting a bloodborne disease.

You might want to seek legal advice on this matter.


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