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 who may reasonably anticipate occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens are expected to adhere to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. The University of Pennsylvania's Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is a customizable document written in response to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. This site specific plan must be annually updated and then reviewed by all faculty, staff, and students who fall under this standard. 

All research labs with personnel who have the potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens or human source material, including primary and established cell lines, blood products, body fluids, and tissue, must complete and review a lab specific ECP. ECPs must be kept on file with EHRS and are attached to the lab's BioRAFT profile where 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:

Email a PDF of your lab's completed Exposure Control Plan to   Make sure that the PDF has been filled out with your lab's information.  Complete the signature page (p. 2) and Appendix C (pp. 20-22)

The Exposure Control Plan must be updated and reviewed annually.  If there are no changes, submit last year's plan with a current date.  Be sure to include an updated signature page.   


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.

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