Ask the expert: Source patient testing after needlestick injury
Q: When must we obtain testing consent from the source individual after an employee needlestick exposure?
A: The sooner the better.
Section 1910.1030(f)(3)(ii)(A) of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard says, “The source individual’s blood shall be tested as soon as feasible and after consent is obtained.” If consent cannot be obtained, OSHA requires you to document as such.
Also, if you are in a state where the source individual’s consent is not required, “the source individual’s blood, if available, shall be tested and the results documented,” according to the standard.