Texas Tech University

bloodborne pathogen protection program

Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The purpose of the Bloodborne Pathogen Protection Program is to provide safe work practices to prevent exposure of Texas Tech University employees whose job descriptions necessitate performing tasks that would result in occupational exposure to bodily fluids.

Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to BBP. Workers in many occupations, including laboratory researchers handling blood or other human materials, first responders, custodial personnel, athletic trainers and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Prevention Measures

In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, Texas Tech University maintains an exposure control plan and provides training to those occupationally exposed to BBPs. Use of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective equipment, participation in medical surveillance programs, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard help protect those with an occupational risk.

Engineering controls are the primary means of eliminating or minimizing employee exposure and include the use of safer medical devices, such as needleless devices, shielded needle devices, and plastic capillary tubes.


Safety Training Request

Occupational Health Program 

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

TTU OP 60.24