Bloodborne Pathogens

Chapter 296-823, WAC

Effective Date: 09/01/04

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WAC 296-823-170

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Your Responsibility:

To obtain and maintain required records

You must

Establish and maintain medical records

Maintain a sharps injury log

 

Rules

WAC 296-823-17005

Establish and maintain medical records

You must

  • Establish and maintain an accurate medical record for each employee with occupational exposure
  • Make sure this record includes all of the following that apply:
  • – Name and Social Security number of the employee
  • – A copy of the employee's hepatitis B vaccination status, including the dates of all the hepatitis B vaccinations
  • – Any medical records related to the employee's ability to receive vaccinations
  • – The HBV declination statement
  • – A copy of all results of examinations, medical testing, and follow-up procedures related to post-exposure evaluations
  • – Your copy of the health care professional's written opinion
  • – A copy of the information provided to the health care professional as required.
  • Make sure that employee medical records are:
  • – Kept confidential
  • – Not disclosed or reported to any person, without the employee's written consent, except as required by this section or as may be required by law.

Note

Note:

  • In some industries, a medical record is also known as the employee health file.
  • You may contract with the medical professional responsible for hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure evaluation to maintain employee records.

Reference

Reference:

WAC 296-823-17010

Maintain a sharps injury log

Exemption

Exemption:

  • You are exempt from the requirements to record contaminated sharps injuries if you have 10 or less employees.

You must

  • Record contaminated sharps injuries on your OSHA 300 or equivalent log.

Reference

Reference:

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Sharps Injury Log

You can find a sample form for recording sharps injuries in the Resources section of this chapter.

You must

  • Record and maintain contaminated sharps injury information in a way that protects the confidentiality of the injured employee
  • Also record the following additional information for contaminated sharps injuries:
  • – The type and brand of device involved in the incident
  • – The department or work area where the exposure incident occurred
  • – An explanation of how the incident occurred.
  • Maintain your contaminated sharps injury records for 5 years.

Note

Note:

  • You may record the additional information in any format you choose, such as on the OSHA 300 and 301 forms. It must be retrievable and identifiable to each specific injury.

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