Why an Exposure Control Plan is important.
It is important that your employees know that you have a plan in place if the unfortunate happens, and they are exposed to a Bloodborne disease. The impact of such an incident is not just to you and your worker but to his or her family and the rest of your staff. An Exposure Control Pan helps protect your workers as well as controlling exposure incident costs.
If there is a foreseeable risk of your employees being exposed to blood or bodily fluids, you are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to have an Exposure Control Plan. Your Exposure Control Plan should be a dynamic document and should be used as an informational source for your employees as well as verify that you do indeed have a plan in place.
Make sure you Exposure Control Plan meets OSHA criteria.
Your Exposure Control Plan must meet certain criteria set forth by OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
- Your Exposure Control Plan must be specifically written for your facility.
- It must be updated yearly. It should reflect all employee positions and any technology used.
- It MUST be available to all employees.
- You must educate your employees on a regular basis regarding the Exposure Control Plan.
OSHA has a free template available, which includes a guide to help create your Exposure Control Plan in regulation of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.