Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens

All employees who may have occupational exposure to any of the following are required to comply with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard:

  • Human blood, body fluids, or unfixed tissue
  • Human cells or cell lines
  • HIV or the Hepatitis B Virus

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

  1. Initial and annual Bloodborne Pathogen Training. New employees on the Cambridge, Longwood, and Southborough campuses must initially complete training that will discuss BBP in addition to other laboratory safety topics.
    Initial training is incorporated into the Laboratory Biosafety training and Annual BBP Refresher training is offered online through the Harvard Training Portal.

  2. Complete the Harvard University Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens/Hepatitis B Vaccination Acceptance/Declination Form.
    This form must be completed even if the person declines to be vaccinated. The form is available through the school's Human Resources office, University Health Services, and Environmental Health and Safety office.

  3. A written Exposure Control Plan (ECP) must be established for each group and made available to employees.

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Did You Know?

There are safer options to using standard hypodermic needles and scalpels in research. Safer needle devices include retractable and re-sheathing needles, re-sheathing scalpels, needles that can be blunted after use, and many more. Consider if a safer sharp will work for your experiment or if a blunt needle can be substituted. For more information on safer sharps, visit Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Healthcare Wide Hazards Needlestick/Sharps Injuries.