Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs, Needlesticks)

Photo courtesy of L&I. Picture of women getting ready to give a blood sample

Nationally, workers in the health care industry experience about 600,000 needle sticks and other injuries from sharp objects each year.

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The term Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs) refers to infectious micro-organisms, such as Hepatitis B and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), that can be transmitted through blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs) and can cause disease.

Employers are required to protect workers who may be exposed to BBPs as a result of performing their job duties. Employers must develop and implement a written Exposure Control Plan with details on the protective measures in place to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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