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Recognize The Potential For Exposure

Firefighter helping car accident patient
In this picture, one rescuer is wearing disposable gloves, while the other is not. Both rescuers should be wearing the proper PPE.
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Employer Responsibilities to Identify Jobs at Risk

Employers must identify job classifications in which employees have occupational exposure, as well as the associated tasks and procedures in which there is a potential of exposure to blood or other infectious materials. Employers must review job classifications annually to ensure proper procedures and training is established.

What jobs are most at risk of exposure?

Occupations with a likely chance of occupational exposure include:

Doctor performing surgery
Medical providers are often exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material (OPIM).
  • First aid providers
  • Teachers
  • Daycare workers
  • Housekeepers
  • Lab workers
  • Firefighters
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
  • Law enforcement agents
  • Medical and dental personnel

An employer must review every job classification and make a determination of the potential occupational exposure for that position. Failure to properly identify potential occupational exposure can result in warnings or fines issued by OSHA.

If an occupational exposure does occur, it is important for you to follow the employer's written procedures for handling medical self-care and evaluation, as well as documenting the circumstances of the exposure.

Scenario

Maria is an employee for a local hospital and works in their housekeeping department.

Is it Maria's responsibility to know what her occupational exposure is?

No.

It is the employer's responsibility to ensure each employee is properly trained and understands their potential occupational exposure. Further, the employer is responsible for documenting the training and maintaining all associated records. Maria has the responsibility to follow the established procedures identified in her employer's exposure control plan and ask questions if needed.

It is important to know if your job classification puts you at risk for occupational exposure. If your job puts you at risk, be aware specific tasks or procedures may still have the potential for exposure.

Instructions

Before beginning this quiz, we highly recommend you review the module material. This quiz is designed to allow you to self-check your comprehension of the module content, but only focuses on key concepts and ideas.

Read each question carefully. Select the best answer, even if more than one answer seems possible. When done, click on the "Get Quiz Answers" button. If you do not answer all the questions, you will receive an error message.

Good luck!

1. Sarah has just been assigned new job responsibilities after receiving a promotion at work. Where should Sarah look to determine if her new responsibilities create an occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens?

2. How often must employers review job classifications to ensure proper procedures and training are established?

3. Occupations with a likely chance of occupational exposure include _______.

4. An employer must review every job classification and make a determination of the potential occupational exposure for that position.

5. Failure of an employer to properly identify potential occupational exposure can result in warnings or fines issued by OSHA.


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