North Carolina Bloodborne Pathogens laws & safety compliance analysis

North Carolina Bloodborne Pathogens: What you need to know

North Carolina has adopted by reference the existing federal OSHA standard and subsequent amendments for bloodborne pathogens in 13 NCAC 7F.0101.

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The state has also incorporated the standard for construction in 13 NCAC 7F.0201 with the following revision to the definition of occupational exposure:

"Occupational Exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of collateral first-aid duties by an employee in the areas of construction, alteration, or repair, including painting and decorating."

Employers are subject to state bloodborne pathogens-requirements that are identical to the federal regulation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSH) of the North Carolina Department of Labor is responsible for administering the Occupational Safety and Health Act.


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