Exposure Control Plan
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognize that exposure to pathogenic microorganism that is present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. The most recognized blood borne pathogens are hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Laboratories that use human blood, blood components, products made from blood, body fluids, unfixed tissue (other than intact skin), or material which is infected with a pathogen must ensure that faculty, students, and staff are adequately protected.
The Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is a document that is prepared by the laboratory which outlines safety measures that all persons must adhere to while working with bloodborne pathogens.
All members of the laboratory who work with bloodborne pathogens must attend Bloodborne Pathogens Training and receive annual training on the contents of the ECP.
The ECP must contain the following information:
- Bloodborne Pathogen Inventory
- List of laboratory Personnel
- Exposure Determination
- Tasks performed with Bloodborne Pathogens
- Safety Precautions taken while working with Bloodborne Pathogens
The ECP must be reviewed and, if necessary, updated annually.
NOTE: Once a complete ECP is submitted you do not need to submit the whole document annually. You only need to submit the following items annually:
- General Information Page (PI, laboratory location, contact information)
- Review Date Page describing the changes made and a date
- The additional information or update
If no changes have occurred in the past year your laboratory only needs to submit the General Information page and the Review Date Page indicating that no changes have been made.