Bloodborne Pathogens

Research Bloodborne Pathogens

Please Note: Operational and clinical bloodborne pathogen service is now provided by the Environmental and Occupational Health unit of University Health Services (UHS). Click here to visit the operational and clinical bloodborne exposure informational page on the UHS website.

The bloodborne pathogens program (BBP) is a safety program aimed at protecting employees who may be exposed to human blood, primary or established human cell lines, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while at work. Blood or OPIM can contain disease-causing viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.


The Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Program (PDF)

Blood Contaminated Material Clean-up Standard Operating Procedure (MSWord)


Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination Form (MSWord) - This form goes to University Health Services – Environmental & Occupational Health Program, 333 East Campus Mall.


Employees and students who may encounter human blood or other potentially infectious materials receive annual training. 

Researchers and students take Biosafety 102: Bloodborne Pathogens for Laboratory & Research online at Learn@UW through Self Registration (for Learn@UW help, see the tab on the Biosafety Training Page). This online course is both the initial and the refresher course. Contact Carrie Ensrud regarding bloodborne pathogen program administration for research protocols.

Implementing a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan

Bloodborne Pathogens are disease causing microorganisms that are present in human blood, tissue, blood products and Other Potential Infectious Materials (OPIMs). OSHA requires annual Bloodborne Pathogens training for personnel at risk of occupational exposure to human blood or OPIMs.

Steps for Implementing an Exposure Plan

The purpose of this program is to eliminate or minimize employee occupational exposure to human blood, other human body fluids or tissues, and comply with the OSHA/DOC Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 29 CRF 19110.1030. This program, combined with the completed implementation plan template, shall comprise the complete exposure control plan for each employing unit on campus where blood or other infectious materials are worked with.

  1. Read the The Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Program (PDF).
  2. The Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan (BBP Plan) is now incorporated into the biosafety protocol. Fill out a biosafety protocol on ARROW to submit a BBP plan. For help, visit our Biosafety Protocol page.
  3. Once the plan is submitted and approved, you can print the BBP plan by following the instructions listed in the KnowledgeBase.
  4. Each individual listed in the BBP personnel section of the biosafety protocol must complete the online Bloodborne Pathogen Training (Biosafety 102).
  5. Training should be refreshed annually. Note: Biosafety 102 is both the initial online course and the refresher training.
  6. The Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Plan should be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Changes to personnel are submitted as a grant/personnel change (see link to KB article). Changes to other sections are submitted as amendment/renewal (see link to KB article).