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| Standard Number:||1910.1030(f)(1)|
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Commissioner, Connecticut Department of LaborAs you requested we are also providing guidance with regard to compliance with the federal Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Paragraph 1910.1030(f)(1)(ii)(D) requires that all medical evaluations and procedures, including the hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination series, among other things, must be provided in accordance with the recommendations of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the PHS are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The CDC publishes the PHS recommendations, which state that testing must be performed for the hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) in "healthcare workers (HCWs) who have blood or patient contact and are at ongoing risk for injuries with sharp instruments or needlesticks" as presented in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Immunization of Health-Care Workers, December 1997 (Appendix [E] of the current Bloodborne Pathogens directive, [CPL 02-02-069]).
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