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.
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.
EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN
An exposure incident must be documented within six days of the exposure. ENGINEERING AND WORK PRACTICE CONTROLS
An engineered sharps injury protection device is not required if:
AVAILABILITY OF LISTS
- 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.
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 ...