Bloodborne Pathogens

Research Bloodborne Pathogens

Please Note: Operational and clinical bloodborne pathogen service is now provided by the Environmental and Occupational Health unit of University Health Services (UHS). Click here to visit the operational and clinical bloodborne exposure informational page on the UHS website.

The bloodborne pathogens program (BBP) is a safety program aimed at protecting employees who may be exposed to human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while at work. Blood or OPIM can contain disease-causing viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.


The Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Program (PDF)

Blood Contaminated Material Clean-up Standard Operating Procedure (MSWord)


Implementation Plan for Control of Bloodborne Pathogens Exposures (MSWord) - Please note, the 'send to' address for this document has changed.

Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination Form (PDF)


Employees and students who may encounter human blood or other potentially infectious materials receive annual training. 

Researchers and students take Biosafety 102: Bloodborne Pathogens for Laboratory & Research online at Learn@UW through Self Registration (upper right corner after NetID login). This online course is both the initial and the refresher course. Contact Carrie Ensrud regarding bloodborne pathogen program administration for research protocols.

Implementing a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan

Bloodborne Pathogens are disease causing microorganisms that are present in human blood, tissue, blood products and Other Potential Infectious Materials (OPIMs). OSHA requires annual Bloodborne Pathogens training for personnel at risk of occupational exposure to human blood or OPIMs.

Steps for Implementing an Exposure Plan

The purpose of this program is to eliminate or minimize employee occupational exposure to human blood, other human body fluids or tissues, and comply with the OSHA/DOC Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 29 CRF 19110.1030. This program, combined with the completed implementation plan template, shall comprise the complete exposure control plan for each employing unit on campus where blood or other infectious materials are worked with.

  1. Read the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Program. Then complete the Bloodborne Exposure Plan.
  2. Submit the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan by e-mail or inter-campus mail.
  3. Once the plan is submitted, you will receive your Exposure Control Plan number for biosafety protocols.
  4. Complete online Bloodborne Pathogen Training for each individual working in your laboratory. Document training on page 3 of the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan. Once training and vaccination series are completed resubmit the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan to Keep a copy for your records.
  5. Training should be refreshed annually. Note: Biosafety 102 is both the initial online course and the refresher training.
  6. Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan should be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Any new updates should be submitted to Carrie Ensrud.