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Title: 02/25/1993 02/01/1993 - Most frequently asked questions concerning the bloodborne pathogens standard
Record Type: InterpretationStandard Number: 1910.1030

Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Federal/State OSHA Authority

    Federal Authority extends to all private sector employers with one or more employees, as well as federal civilian employees. In addition, many states administer their own occupational safety and health programs through plans approved under section 18(b) of the OSH Act. These plans must adopt standards and enforce requirements that are at least as effective as federal requirements. Of the current 25 state plan states and territories, 23 cover the private and public (state and local governments) sectors and 2 cover the public sector only. (See listing on page 28).

    Copies of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard are available from the Government Printing Office (GPO Order Number 069-001-0004-8), Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402. [ILPI says: or simply follow the hyperlink in the table above].

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Scope
  3. Exposure Control
  4. Methods of Control
  5. Personal Protective Equipment
  6. Gloves
  7. Housekeeping
  8. Regulated Waste
  9. Laundry
  10. HIV and HBV Research Laboratories and Production Facilities
  11. Hepatitis B Vaccination and Post-Exposure Follow-up Procedures
  12. Communication of Hazard to Employees
  13. Recordkeeping
  14. Listing of Regional Offices



Exposure Control

Methods of Control

Personal Protective Equipment



Regulated Waste

Q. Do I need to autoclave waste before disposing?


HIV and HBV Research Laboratories and Production Facilities

Hepatitis B Vaccination and Post-Exposure Follow-up Procedures

Communication of Hazard to Employees


Regional OSHA Offices

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Listing of Regional Offices
Region I
(CT*, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT*)
133 Portland Street
1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: (617) 565-7164
Region VI
(AR, LA, NM*, OK, TX)
525 Griffin Street
Room 60
Dallas, TX 75202
Telephone: (214) 767-4731
Region II
(NY*, PR*, VI*)
201 Varick Street
Room 670
New York, NY 10014
Telephone: (212) 337-2378
Region VII
(NJ,(IA*, KS, MO, NE)
911 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 426-5861
Region VIII
Region III
(DC, DE, MD*, PA, VA*, WV)
Gateway Building, Suite 2100
3535 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (215) 596-1201
Region VIII
(CO, MT, ND, SD, UT*, WY*)
Federal Building, Room 1576
1961 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80294
Telephone: (303) 844-3061
Region IV
(AL, FL, GA, KY*, MS, NC*,SC*, TN*)
1375 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 587
Atlanta, GA 30367
Telephone: (404) 347-3573
Region IX
(American Samoa, AZ*, CA*,Guam, HI*, NV*, Trust Territories of the Pacific)
71 Stevenson Street
Room 415
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 744-6670
Region V
(IL, IN*, MI*, MN*, OH, WI)
230 South Dearborn Street
Room 3244
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 353-2220
Region X
(AK*, ID, OR*, WA*)
1111 Third Avenue
Suite 715
Seattle, WA 98174
Telephone: (206) 553-5930
(*) These states and territories operate their own OSHA-approved job safety and health plane (Connecticut and New York plans cover public employees only). States with approved plane must have a standard that is identical to, or at least as effective as, the federal standard.

Table of Contents

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