Coping with OSHA
We had a needle stick.
What do we do now?
BIOMEDICAL can help.
When your employee has an exposure incident, you must respond immediately. Exposure incidents include injuries from contaminated sharps or any blood, saliva or other potentially infectious material contact with eye, mucous membrane or non-intact skin.
For any exposure incident, you must:
* Provide immediate post-exposure medical evaluation to the employee. The treatment offered must include a medical evaluation for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV. Document whether or not the employee chooses to pursue immediate medical evaluation.
* Request consent to test the source patient (if known). The consent must be in writing and must include consent to test for HBV, HCV and HIV and to disclose the test results to the exposed employee. Document whether or not the source patient gives consent to test and disclose.
* Investigate and document the exposure incident. You must document the circumstances that led to the exposure. You must also provide a copy of the documentation to the employee's treating health care professional if the employee seeks medical evaluation and/or treatment.
* Provide a copy of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard to the treating health care professional if the employee seeks medical treatment and/or evaluation.
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