working with human blood or potentially infectious
human blood, body fluids, tissues or cell lines
as part of their job duties are required by OSHA
to participate in the Bloodborne Pathogen Program.
The program requires annual training for all potentially
exposed employees. Registration of experiments
involving human derived materials must also be
submitted in accordance with the Policy for Human
Sample Collection or Use.
pathogens include any organism that is present
in human blood or body fluids that can cause disease.
Common examples of bloodborne pathogens are the
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which causes
AIDS, and the Hepatitis B Virus, which causes
the liver disease Hepatitis B.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) promulgated a ruling in 1991 (OSHA Bloodborne
Pathogens Standard, 42 CFR 1910.1050) with the
purpose of protecting employees from occupationally
acquiring illnesses caused by bloodborne pathogens.
The Bloodborne Pathogen Guide is the Rutgers University's
bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan.