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What qualifies as BBP occupational exposure?

Scenario: Stephan works for a dental office where all employees who have occupational exposure must be trained in bloodborne pathogens. His primary job function is to greet customers, check them in at the front desk, and handle bill paying. Normally, an office worker would not be reasonably anticipated to have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.

However, due to his background as a paramedic, Stephan is also assigned to perform first aid if any of his coworkers are injured or become ill, and this may include incidents involving blood. Does this assignment involve occupational exposure? What do you think?



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What qualifies as BBP occupational exposure?: Answer

Answer: Yes. If the office worker is assigned to perform first aid involving bloody incidents, then that employee is considered to have occupational exposure and must be protected under the provisions of 29 CFR 1910.1030. In addition to being reasonably anticipated, the contact results from the performance of the office worker’s duties, in this case. An example of contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials that would not be considered an occupational exposure would be a “Good Samaritan” act.