Bloodborne Pathogen Protection Program
In December 1991, OSHA published the final rule covering occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The rule requires that those who handle human blood or other potentially infectious materials as part of their job duties participate in an employer-generated program. This program shall include development of an Exposure Control Plan, annual training regarding exposures, the opportunity to prophylactic vaccination, and post-exposure health care services.
The university has created operating policy 60.24 describing the responsibilities and training is provided and required annually for all that have the potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) manages this program through the Occupational Safety Section which develops the training and exposure control plan for the university. Vaccinations are provided through enrollment in the Occupational Health Program (OHP). Official program medical records are kept by the OHP vendor. EH&S monitors for Texas Tech University compliance by requiring training and vaccination documentation and by confirming BBP participation during the annual safety surveys of departments and laboratories.