Weekly poll: Bloodborne Pathogens review

By: May 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Last week’s post reported that OSHA had opened the public comment period as part of its review of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard, required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act Review. OSHA would like to hear from healthcare facilities about exposure risks, particularly in non-hospital settings, as well as any new technology that is available.

Do you expect that any subsequent changes to the standard will make OSHA compliance easier or more difficult for you? Take our poll and let us know.

Quizzes by Quibblo.com


I looked at your poll, and the choices are not inclusive of an option that states an OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard is anticipated to redundantly add to paperwork, compliance record-keeping without an obvious advantage over current CDC standards. Perhaps combining the part of choice #1 with choice #2 to state “Not substantially add to current compliance efforts, while making compliance more time consuming” and adding it to the poll would yield some interesting numbers.

By Ajaz Fakhri on May 24th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Do we need to have PPEs when we transport the medical waste from one ward to an other during collection time?

I would agree with M Ward. From our standpoint, if the regulations crack down on the companies manufacturing sharps to require more safety systems, we may see another decrease in exposures. Without more sharps safety devices, it will be very hard to reduce exposures much more.

Did you know there are few needles over 1.5″ that have a safety device on them? That there is only one manufacturer that makes a safety razor?


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