Health Hub: Bloodborne Pathogens

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Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed a standard for work-site prevention of blood borne pathogen transmission in 1992. The OSHA standard covers all private sector workers and public workers in state-plan OSHA states who “reasonably anticipate skin, eye, mucous membrane or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.”