Tennessee Bloodborne Pathogens laws & safety compliance analysis

Tennessee Bloodborne Pathogens: What you need to know

Tennessee has adopted the federal bloodborne pathogen regulation for general industry workplaces by reference (Rule 0800-1-1.06), and has adopted its own rules for the handling of needles and other sharps devices that are stricter than the federal standard (Rule 0800-1-10.01 to 0800-1-10-.06). The regulation applies to all occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material; however, it does not apply to the construction industry.

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces in the state.


Rule 0800-1-10.04

An exposure incident must be documented within six days of the exposure.


Rule 0800-1-10-.05

An engineered sharps injury protection device is not required if:

  • A licensed healthcare professional determines that the use of engineering controls would jeopardize the patient's safety or the success of a medical, dental, or nursing procedure. The justification for the determination must be documented.
  • The employer can demonstrate that the device is not more effective in preventing exposure incidents than the alternative used. The employer's determination must be documented.

Rule 0800-1-10-.06

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Health must maintain a list of the types of existing needleless systems engineered sharps devices. A copy of the list and existing resources is available upon request to assist employers in complying with state requirements. Contact TOSHA to obtain the ...

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