Ask the expert: Timing for new employee bloodborne pathogens training

By: October 17th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What is the timing on training new employees on bloodborne pathogens hazards?

A: According to Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens employees must be trained prior to being placed in positions where occupational exposure may occur.

Also, the hepatitis B vaccination must be offered after completing training and within 10 working days of initial assignment.

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Who is responsible for ensuring BBP training is completed for housekeeping staff who are contracted?

By David LaHoda on October 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

It is a shared responsibility between the original employer and the host employer. For details see my post, “Ask the expert: OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard and contract workers.” Or paste this url into your browser:

By Jenny Hendricks on October 25th, 2011 at 10:45 am

If my company is exempt from recorkeeping because we are considered a low hazard industry are we still required to keep a SHARPS log for needlesticks? And is BBp training required if we are exempt from record keeping?

By David LaHoda on October 25th, 2011 at 11:22 am

You are exempt from keeping the sharps injury log, as long as you are under federal OSHA. Some state-administered occupational safety and health agencies make no recordkeeping exemptions. Under federal OSHA, recordkeeping exemptions have no bearing on whether you must be compliant with the Bloodborne Pathogen standard, including the initial and annual training requirements.

For more details and links to OSHA references see the post, “Ask the expert—Bloodborne pathogens and small medical practice exemption.”


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