Bloodborne Pathogens & Exposure Control Plans
Lincoln University is required by the state statute in 191.640 RSMo. and Department of Health and Senior Services regulations in 19 CSR 20-20.192 to ensure that the necessary work practices, procedures and policies are implemented to protect employees from potential infections from Bloodborne Pathogens. The state regulations incorporate the federal OSHA Standard found in 29 CFR 1910.1030.
What is a Bloodborne Pathogen?
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms (e.g., viruses or bacteria) that are present in human blood and that may cause disease in humans. Examples of bloodborne pathogens include the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), hepatitis B virus (HBV) that causes hepatitis B infections, and hepatitis C (HCV) that causes hepatitis C infections. Other bloodborne pathogens include the microorganisms that cause syphilis and malaria. Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted if blood or certain body fluids (any human body fluid containing visible blood; semen; vaginal secretions; or fluids surrounding internal organs, the joints, or a fetus) from someone infected with a bloodborne pathogen get into the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) or directly into the bloodstream through skin that is damaged (e.g., scraped, cut, abraded) or punctured (e.g., needle stick injury).
Please contact Mr. Clay at Clayr2@lincolnu.edu or (574) 681-5497 for more information on LU's Bloodborne Pathogen Program