Michigan Bloodborne Pathogens laws & safety compliance analysis

Michigan Bloodborne Pathogens: What you need to know

Michigan has adopted the federal bloodborne pathogens standards, and has added its own rules for exposure determination, exposure control plans, laundry, work practices, housekeeping, contaminated waste disposal, personal protective equipment (PPE), recordkeeping, and training that are stricter than the federal requirements.

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The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG)/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health standards in private and public sector workplaces.

MAC r. 325.70003

Employers in Michigan must evaluate employee activities and procedures to determine if actual or reasonably probable employee exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) exists. Based on this evaluation, all employees must be categorized into one of the following categories:

Category A: Employees that perform any functions, as a condition of employment, that require exposure or probable exposure to blood or OPIM, including activities that involve possible spills or splashes of blood or infectious material.

Category B: Employees involved in job activities that do not require exposure to blood or OPIM on a routine or nonroutine basis as a condition of employment. Employees in this category do not perform or assist in emergency medical care or first aid.

Employers must maintain a list of all job classifications that are determined to be category A. The rationale for an exposure determination must be documented.

MAC r. 325.70004

In addition to federal requirements, the exposure control plan must include the contents or a summary of the employee training program ...

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