Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are dangerous pathogens that are transmitted through blood, any bodily fluid that contains visible traces of blood, any body fluid when you cannot determine if it contains blood, or other potential infectious materials (OPIM) such as fluids from around the internal organs, joints, amniotic fluid, semen and vaginal secretions.  Unless they contain visible traces of blood, vomit, tears, urine and feces are not risks for transmitting bloodborne pathogens.

The most common bloodborne pathogen risks in the workplace are hepatitis B (HBV, or Hep B), hepatitis C (HBC), and HIV/AIDS.  The diseases can be transmitted only if (a) the blood or other potentially infectious materials contains the pathogens, and (b) the blood or OPIM has contact with openings in your skin, splashes into your eyes, nose or mouth, or penetrates your skin such as a needlestick.  The greatest risk of potential exposure in our workplace is by conducting first aid, CPR, or cleaning up blood-containing body fluids.

The best methods to protect yourself from the risk of acquiring a bloodborne disease is to treat all body fluids as if they may contain an infectious disease, only do the tasks that you are authorized to do, and use personal protective equipment, such as gloves and eye, nose and mouth protection, to put a barrier between you and the risk.

If you have a potential on-the-job exposure risk with your assigned responsibilities, talk to your supervisor to determine if you should be included in UW-Superior Bloodborne Pathogens program.

If you have any questions about the bloodborne pathogens program at UW-Superior, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety office, 715-394-8073 .

UW-Superior Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

UWS Exposure Control Plan without appendices

Appendix A Exposure Risk Classification

Appendix B OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Appendix C Bloodborne Pathogens Information and Resource Materials

Appendix D Post Exposure Evaluation Procedures

Appendix E Plan Review History


Bloodborne Pathogens Resources

WI Administrative Code SPS 332 Public Employee Health and Safety 

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Website