Q73. What are the qualifications that a person must possess in order to conduct employee training regarding bloodborne pathogens?

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A73. The person conducting the training is required to be knowledgeable in the subject matter covered by the elements in the training program and be familiar with how the course topics apply to the workplace that the training will address. The trainer must demonstrate expertise in the area of occupational hazards of bloodborne pathogens.

Q72. Who has the responsibility for training workers employed by agencies which provide personnel (e.g., nurses) to other employers?

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A72. OSHA considers personnel providers, who send their own employees to work at other facilities, to be employers whose employees may be exposed to hazards. Because personnel providers maintain a continuing relationship with their employees, but another employer (your client) creates and controls the hazard, there is a shared responsibility for assuring that your employees are protected from workplace hazards. …

Q70. Which employees must be trained?

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A70. All employees with occupational exposure must receive initial and annual training. In addition, training must be provided when changes (e.g., modified/new tasks or procedures) affect a worker’s occupational exposure.

Q7. Are employees such as housekeepers, maintenance workers and janitors covered by the standard?

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A7. Housekeeping workers in healthcare facilities may have occupational exposure, as defined by the standard. Individuals who perform housekeeping duties, particularly in-patient care and laboratory areas, may perform tasks, such as cleaning blood spills and handling regulated wastes, which cause occupational exposure. While OSHA does not generally consider all maintenance personnel and janitorial staff employed in non-healthcare facilities to have …

Q6. We have employees who are designated to render first aid. Are they covered by the standard?

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A6. Yes. If employees are trained and designated as responsible for rendering first aid as part of their job duties, they are covered by the protections of the standard. However, OSHA will consider it a de minimis violation – a technical violation carrying no penalties – if employees, who administer first aid as a collateral duty to their routine work assignments, are …

Q5. My company supplies contract employees to healthcare facilities. What are my responsibilities under the Bloodborne Pathogens standard?

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A5. OSHA considers personnel providers, who send their own employees to work at other facilities, to be employers whose employees may be exposed to hazards. Because your company maintains a continuing relationship with its employees, but another employer (your client) creates and controls the hazard, there is a shared responsibility for assuring that your employees are protected from workplace hazards. …

Q4. Are physicians who are not employees of the hospital in which they work covered by the standard?

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A4. Physicians employed by professional corporations are considered employees of that corporation. The corporation which employs these physicians may be cited by OSHA for violations affecting those physicians. The hospital where the physician practices may also be held responsible as the employer who created or controlled the hazard. Physicians who are sole practitioners or partners are not considered employees under …