Oregon Bloodborne Pathogens laws & safety compliance analysis

Oregon Bloodborne Pathogens: What you need to know

Oregon has adopted by reference the federal bloodborne pathogen regulation in its entirety (OAR 437-002-0360). The state has also added its own rules that apply to healthcare facilities for engineering and work practice controls (OAR 437-002-1030) and the sharps injury log (OAR 437-002-1035) that are stricter than the federal requirements.

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The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services/Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

OAR 437-002-1030

At least annually, Oregon employers with employees who use medical sharps in direct patient care must identify, evaluate, and select engineering and work practice controls, including safer medical devices

The process for selecting a safer medical device:

  • Evaluation must involve nonmanagerial employees that have direct patient care.
  • Evaluation must be done on a facility-by-facility basis and include employees from all departments that have equipment and/or work practice concerns.
  • Employers must make the decision on implementing an evaluated and selected device.
  • If a device is not purchased because of concerns, those concerns must be documented. The employer must document justification for not purchasing a device that is supported by the employees, and also document employee support.
  • Employers who purchase a device without the consent of employees who evaluated it must document justification for the purchase, and also the employees' concerns.
  • All the required documentation must be kept as part of the Exposure Control Plan.
  • Employers must ensure that employees are aware of the process for device ...

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