POLICIES

Exposure Control

OSHA: Exposure Control Plan & Communications Standards

The mission of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect the health of America’s workers. As part of the Department of Labor, OSHA promotes worker safety and health in every workplace in the United States. OSHA’S bloodborne pathogens standard protects employees who work in occupations where they are at risk of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. OSHA’s hazard communication standard protects employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Both standards require employers to develop written documents to explain how they will implement each standard, provide training to employees, and protect the health and safety of their workers.

 

United EMS is committed to providing a safe and healthful work environment for our entire staff. In pursuit of this goal, a company exposure control plan (ECP) & hazard communication program is provided to meet the requirements of the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard, meet the requirements of the hazard communication standard & eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.”

 

The ECP is a key document to assist our organization in implementing and ensuring compliance with the standard, thereby protecting our employees. The United ECP includes:

 

  • Determination of employee exposure
  • Implementation of various methods of exposure control, including:  Universal precautions, Engineering and work practice controls & Personal protective equipment
  • Housekeeping
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • Communication of hazards to employees and training
  • Recordkeeping
  • Procedures for evaluating circumstances surrounding exposure incidents