Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has adopted the Federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This standard went into effect in the Summer of 1992.

The purpose of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is to limit the occupational exposure of employees to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

The standard covers all employees who may be reasonably anticipated to come in contact with other person's blood or other bodily fluids in the performance of their duties. It also covers workers who are trained and expected to administer First Aid or CPR while at work.

Bloodborne pathogens of the most concern include the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) which causes Hepatitis and affects the liver and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS.

Requirements for compliance with the law: