Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing viruses, bacteria, or other organisms than can cause serious illness, and are transmitted through contact with human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). 

VCU faculty, staff and students who have a risk of contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials while performing their assigned work duties, will be offered training and the Hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine series is available through either the Employee Health or Student Health Services free of charge.

Exposure Control Plan:

The Exposure Control Plan pertains to all VCU faculty, staff and student personnel whose job duties present a reasonably anticipated risk of occupational exposure to human blood or OPIM, and outlines procedures and policies to protect employees in accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030.

Elements of the plan include:

  •  universal precautions
  •  exposure determination
  • communication of hazards
  •  work practice controls
  •  personal protective equipment 
  • housekeeping
  • hepatitis B vaccination
  • post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • recordkeeping
  • program evaluation

Exposure Control Plan

For more information on bloodborne pathogens, or if you are an employee who needs to request a sharps container, replacement biohazard bags, or a pickup of regulated biohazard waste, please see:

Exposure Control Plan PDF