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Recognize The Potential For Exposure

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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 are established.

1. How often must employers review exposure control plan job classifications to ensure proper procedures and training are established?

a. Weekly
b. Monthly
c. Quarterly
d. Annually

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What jobs are most at risk of exposure?

Occupations with a likely chance of occupational exposure include:

medical surgery
  • 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.

2. Who is least likely to have an occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens?

a. Teachers
b. Bank tellers
c. Police officers
d. Laboratory workers

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Scenario

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 of specific tasks or procedures that may have the potential for exposure.

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.

3. The employer is responsible for each of the following bloodborne pathogens program responsibilities EXCEPT _____.

a. training employees
b. knowing employee potential for exposure
c. ensuring all employees receive vaccinations
d. documenting training and maintenance of records

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