General Compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Product Id : HE48
Instructor : Amber Hogan Mitchell & Elise Handelman
Oct 24, 2018 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 90 Minutes

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Any organization whose work involves exposure to blood or other infectious body fluids is required to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard. Such organizations include those involved with the research, development or distribution of blood products, medical devices (e.g., syringes, vascular access devices, scalpels), and training materials related to the standard.

This webinar will provide an overview of the BBP standard, identify specific areas where compliance is sometimes challenging, and describe the consequences of non-compliance. The webinar will also describe recent changes in bloodborne pathogen diseases (e.g., Zika virus, Ebola) and provide data showing where exposures are most likely to occur.

Why Should you attend:

An Exposure Control Plan is required by law for companies that are regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations, such as 29CFR1910.1030. Because the BBP standard applies in such a wide variety of settings, guidance on the essential elements of the standard with guidance on how to write, organize and maintain compliance is essential. Failure to have a properly developed BBP program may result in monetary fines from OSHA as well as exposure risks that can damage the reputation and function of regulated organizations. 

This webinar will show you how to write, organize, and maintain a BBP Exposure Control Plan; effectively train personnel to reduce risk; and provide reliable resources for further inquiry.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Data describing current bloodborne pathogens exposures
  • Review of OSHA’s regulatory authority
  • Components of an Exposure Control Plan
  • Issues related to regulatory overlap (e.g., FDA, Joint Commission, CDC)
  • Tools for facilitating compliance (e.g., sample Exposure Control Plans)
  • Training requirements of the BBP standard

Who Will Benefit:

  • Regulatory VP
  • Quality VPs
  • Environmental/Occupational Safety and Health
  • Risk Management
  • Regulatory Affairs professionals
  • Quality Managers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Small business owners
  • GxP
  • Consultants
Speaker Profile:

Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH is the International Safety Center’s President and Executive Director.  The Center distributes the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®) to hospitals to measure occupational exposures to sharps injuries and other blood and body fluid exposures.  Dr. Mitchell's career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease.  She has worked in the uniformed services, public, private, and academic sectors. She is the 2019 Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Dr. Mitchell began her career as the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Excellence awards for her work on bioterrorism and public preparedness.  She holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University.  She is Certified in Public Health as a member of the very first CPH cohort offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  She is extensively published and has presented around the world.

Elise Handelman, BSN, M.Ed. is an Occupational and Environmental Health Consultant. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Safety Center and is Adjunct Faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Handelman has over 30 years of experience in occupational health and was the Director of the Office of Occupational Health Nursing at the Occupational Safety and Health’s (OSHA’s) national office in Washington, D.C. While at OSHA she was recognized by the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for her work on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.  

Ms. Handelman’s work has been published in several peer reviewed journals and she has authored a chapter in the text book Working Safely in Health Care: A Practical Guide (2008).  Ms. Handelman has wide experience in adult learning and has participated in numerous on-line educational activities. 

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