Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention


Five Most Frequently Cited Sections of Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

January 2010 – December 2020

Note: all citations refer to a workplace where the employer has employees with reasonably anticipated exposure to bloodborne pathogens during the performance of their work duties. The citation locations refer to sections of 29 CFR 1910.1030.

  1. [1910.1030(c)(1)(i)] - Establishment of a written Exposure Control Plan
  2. [1910.1030(g)(2)(i)] - Employee training program
  3. [1910.1030(c)(1)(iv)] - Review and update Exposure Control Plan

    Note: This review must reflect changes in technology and document annual consideration and implementation of safer medical devices.

  4. [1910.1030(f)(1)(i)] - Availability of HBV vaccination, post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  5. [1910.1030(d)(2)(i)]- Use of engineering and work practice controls

This section highlights directives (instruction to OSHA staff) and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention.

OSHA Directives; Instructions to OSHA staff
OSHA Enforcement Letters of Interpretation