Harvard employees must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard if they may have occupational exposure to either:
- Human blood, body fluids, or unfixed tissue
- Human cells or cell lines
- HIV or the Hepatitis B Virus
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard:
- Complete initial laboratory biosafety and annual BBP refresher training. New Cambridge, Longwood, and Southborough employees must complete the initial training incorporated into the online laboratory biosafety training.
- Complete a Hepatitis B Vaccination Offer even if you decline vaccination.
- Each group must establish a written Exposure Control Plan and make it available to its employees.
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.