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Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan

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This step-by-step guide contains instructions as well as downloadable (MS Word) template that you can complete, print, and keep in your laboratory where personnel work with human source materials that may harbor bloodborne pathogens.

If your research laboratory works with human source materials including primary cells, immortalized cell lines, blood, body fluids, or unfixed tissue, you will need to prepare a lab specific Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (BBP-ECP) to protect personnel from potential exposures (Bloodborne Pathogen Standard: California Code of Regulation, Title 8, Section 5193).

Protection from hepatitis B virus via the hepatitis B virus vaccination series is an important component of bloodborne pathogen exposure control.  Contact the Occupational Health Physician for information.

Completion and adoption of the bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan does not substitute for obtaining a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) that authorizes the possession, storage, transfer, and use of the biohazardous materials noted in an exposure control plan. Further, completion and annual update of a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan is a prerequisite for securing and maintaining IBC approval of your BUA.

For additional information on Bloodborne Pathogen Standards, see SafetyNet #36.