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Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms found in human blood that can cause disease in humans. They include the hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

At FSU, work which exposes employees to bloodborne pathogens is performed in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The OSHA Standard requires that the University develop a plan, the Exposure Control Plan, to protect employees from bloodborne pathogens by reducing occupational exposure and providing appropriate treatment and counseling for employees potentially exposed to these pathogens. The plan covers all employees who could reasonably anticipate contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials during the course of their work. These infectious materials include body fluids, such as semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and amniotic fluid; any body fluid where blood is apparent; saliva from dental procedures; body fluid where it is difficult to differentiate body fluids; unfixed human tissues and organs other than intact skin and human cell lines.

Several Colleges, Schools, and Departments have developed their own Exposure Control Plan specific to their facilities; others may decide to use the following generic plan and insert material specific to their needs. If the school or department has a plan in place, it should be submitted to the Biological Safety Office for review to ensure that it covers all the requirements of the OSHA Standard.

Note that this plan does not cover laboratory procedures for employees who work in HBV and HIV laboratories and production facilities. Consult the Biological Safety Office for information on these topics.

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