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OSHA SAFETY RULES CHECKLIST FOR

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									Department of Safety & Risk Management Biosafety Program
OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD

Tel: 401-874-2618 Fax: 401-789-5126

I. OSHA SAFETY RULES CHECKLIST FOR LAB EMPLOYEES Employees must follow these rules for personal safety and to comply with OSHA safety regulations. You must do the following:     Know if your job classification is included in the University’s Exposure Control Plan. Know where the OSHA regulations and your group’s exposure control plan are kept. Read them!! Treat ALL blood, body fluids, and other infectious agents as potentially infectious. Have your project pre-approved by the Research Office. ALL RESEARCH utilizing blood or other potentially infectious materials must be pre-approved by the Research Office BEFORE work can begin or samples can be taken into the lab. This includes preliminary experiments!! Handle blood and other body fluids in a way that avoids splashing, spraying and creating aerosols or droplets. Wear gloves and disposable protective garments whenever there is contact with blood, other potentially infectious material, mucous membranes or non-intact skin. Remove gloves, lab coats, and any other personal protective equipment prior to leaving the work area. Wash hands with soap and water after removing gloves. Keep all work areas clean. Clean contaminated work surfaces with disinfectant such as 10% household bleach (Clorox) after any spill, and at the end of each work shift. Place regulated waste in appropriately labeled containers and dispose of regulated waste according to regulations. Contact Safety & Risk Management at x 4-2618 if you need a biohazard disposal box and bag, or if you need to schedule a biohazard waste pick-up. Place blood specimens and other potentially infectious materials in a container that prevents leakage during collection, handling, processing, storage, transport or shipping. Employers must offer hepatitis B vaccination unless antibody testing shows that the employee has immunity. It is provided at no cost to the employee. (If the employee declines vaccination, a statement must be signed indicating that the employee has declined).

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URI SRM:February 3, 2006

Department of Safety & Risk Management Biosafety Program
OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD

Tel: 401-874-2618 Fax: 401-789-5126

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If exposure to potentially infectious material occurs (such as a needle-stick or cut), you must complete an accident report and notify your supervisor immediately. You must have appropriate bloodborne pathogens training to perform your job. Employers must maintain annual training records for employees. Place all contaminated needles and other sharps in containers that are puncture-resistant, leak-proof and appropriately labeled.

Do not do the following:        Do not wear lab coats as protection against blood or other potentially infectious materials. Use disposable garments made of impermeable material such as Tyvek. Do not bend or recap needles or other sharp items. Do not eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or lip balms, or handle contact lenses in areas where exposure might occur. Do not keep food or drink anywhere that blood or other potentially infectious material might be kept or placed. Do not pipette or suction blood or other potentially infectious materials by mouth. This is strictly prohibited. Do not pick up broken glass with hands. Use forceps. Do not place your hands where needles or other sharps are placed.

II. OSHA SAFETY RULES CHECKLIST FOR FACILITIES SERVICES EMPLOYEES Employees must follow these rules for personal safety and to comply with OSHA safety regulations. You must do the following:     Know if your job classification is included in the University’s Exposure Control Plan. If included, you must have appropriate bloodborne pathogens training prior to beginning your job. Know where the OSHA regulations and your exposure control plan are kept. Read them!! Treat ALL blood, body fluids, and other infectious agents as potentially infectious.

URI SRM:February 3, 2006

Department of Safety & Risk Management Biosafety Program
OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD

Tel: 401-874-2618 Fax: 401-789-5126

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Handle blood and other body fluids in a way that avoids splashing, spraying and creating aerosols or droplets. Wear gloves and disposable protective garments of an impermeable material such as Tyvek whenever there is potential for contact with blood, other potentially infectious material, mucous membranes or non-intact skin.

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Clean contaminated surfaces with disinfectant such as 10% household bleach (Clorox). Place all contaminated needles and other sharps in sharps containers for proper disposal. Remove gloves prior to leaving the work area. If gloves are contaminated, follow established procedure for proper removal. Dispose all contaminated gloves in a red biohazard bag. Contact Safety & Risk Management at x 4-2618 for proper disposal of biohazard bag. Remove disposable PPE before leaving work area. Follow established procedure for removing contaminated garments. Dispose all contaminated PPE in a red biohazard bag. Contact Safety & Risk Management at x 4-2618 for proper disposal of biohazard bag. Wash hands with soap and water after removing gloves. Follow established hand washing procedure. Employers must offer hepatitis B vaccination unless antibody testing shows that the employee already has immunity. It is provided at no cost to the employee. (If the employee declines vaccination, a statement must be signed indicating that the employee has declined). If exposure to potentially infectious material occurs (such as a needle-stick or cut), you must complete an accident report (Form USP-14) and notify your supervisor immediately. Employers must maintain annual training records for employees.

Do not do the following:      Do not bend or recap needles. Do not eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or lip balms, or handle contact lenses in areas where exposure might occur. Do not keep food or drink anywhere that blood or other potentially infectious material is found. Do not pick up broken glass with hands. Always use tongs or forceps. Do not place your hands where needles or other sharps are placed.

URI SRM:February 3, 2006

Department of Safety & Risk Management Biosafety Program
OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS STANDARD

Tel: 401-874-2618 Fax: 401-789-5126

URI SRM:February 3, 2006


								
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