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| Standard Number:||1910.1030(b)|
"I feel that protective measures must be taken against surgical smoke either because it contains OPIM (other potentially infectious materials) or because it, like high speed instruments, produces aerosols that are assumed to be infectious... I would like to request a letter of interpretation (regarding) the application of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to surgical smoke."According to the scope of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, "(it) applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM)..." Blood is defined as "...human blood, blood components, and products made from blood." Subsequently, OPIM is defined by the standard as "...the following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids; any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead); and HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ culture, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV." Surgical smoke would not qualify as blood or OPIM under the standard and its provisions would not apply.
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