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"Where engineering controls will reduce employee exposure either by removing, eliminating, or isolating the hazard, they must be used."
- CPL 02-02-069
This quote is taken from CPL 2-2.44D Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (November 1999 compliance directive). The directive lends specificity to the standard, setting forth the methods by which employers must protect their employees from the hazards of blood and OPIM with regard to the implementation of engineering and work practice controls.
The directive further explains OSHA's expectation for preventing exposures includes a comprehensive programs, including engineering controls (e.g., needleless systems, SESIPs, etc.) and proper work practices (e.g., immediately disposing of a contaminated sharp in a sharps box). If engineering and work practice controls do not eliminate exposure, the use of PPE (e.g., eye protection) is required.
Much of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was modeled after the November 1999 directive.