EHRS is dedicated to the prevention of bloodborne infections by eliminating or minimizing occupational exposure to human blood, human blood products, and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) through strict adherence to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

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Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

All Penn faculty, staff and students in clinical, research, and non-research areas who may reasonably anticipate occupational exposure to human bloodborne pathogens (BBP) or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) must comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.

All research personnel who have the potential to be exposed to BBP or human source material, including primary and established cell lines, blood products, body fluids, and tissue must have a lab-specific ECP on file with EHRS.

Non-research personnel may include, but are not limited to individuals working within: Department of Recreation, Facilities & Real Estate Services, Housekeeping staff, Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn Children’s Center, and University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Clinical Research, and Dental Clinics.

In addition to annual training, each group must have on file a site-specific, BBP, Exposure Control Plan (ECP) that is available on demand.  The University of Pennsylvania Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is provided as a customizable template to assist you in creating this site-specific compliance document. Your ECP must be updated annually, reviewed and signed by all who are listed in the ECP.

Please email a PDF of your completed ECP to ehrs@ehrs.upenn.eduMake sure that the signature page (page 2) and Appendix C (pages 20-22) have been completed. For resubmissions, if there are no changes, submit last year's plan with a current date and an updated signature page. For research labs, a copy of your ECP will be attached to the lab's BioRAFT profile to ensure that it is available to all lab members.

For guidance filling out Appendix C of the Exposure Control Plan, please refer to Penn's Biosafety Manual or contact a biosafety officer: biohazreg@ehrs.upenn.edu

 

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

Bloodborne Pathogens training is required annually for all faculty, staff, and students who work with bloodborne pathogens or human source material in a laboratory or clinical setting.  Bloodborne diseases, risk assessment, recommended work practices, engineering controls and personal protection as well as an update of waste disposal and emergency procedures are discussed. Web based training is available through Knowledge Link

HBV Vaccination

OSHA also requires that the HBV Vaccination be offered to any worker with a potential exposure to human bloodborne pathogens. To decline this vaccination, a declination form is provided at the completion of the Bloodborne Pathogens Training.


Note: 
In order to fill out the Exposure Control Plan form, save the pdf to your desktop.  Make sure to complete list of names with current signature and date on "Page 2" and all questions in "Appendix C" (If questions do not apply, please make sure to put N/A).

Once completed, save and email a copy of your completed Exposure Control Plan to ehrs@ehrs.upenn.edu