Washington Bloodborne Pathogens laws & safety compliance analysis

Washington Bloodborne Pathogens: What you need to know

Washington has adopted the federal bloodborne pathogens standard for general industry workplaces (WAC 296-823-100 to 296-823-200) and has adopted stricter standards for the Exposure Control Plan (ECP), hepatitis B exemptions, and contaminated sharps handling.

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The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules.

WAC 296-823-11010

A copy of the ECP must be accessible to exposed employees; for example, if the ECP is stored only on a computer, all exposed employees must be trained to operate the computer. The employer must provide a copy of the ECP to an employee or employee representative within 15 days of a request for a copy.

WAC 296-823-13005

Employers are not required to provide the hepatitis B vaccination series to employees who provide first aid only as a secondary duty, if the following is done:

  • The hepatitis B vaccination is made available to all unvaccinated providers who are involved in any incident that involves blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM). The vaccination must be made available as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after the incident.
  • A reporting procedure is provided to record all first-aid incidents that involve blood or OPIM before the end of the work shift. The record must include the names of the first-aid providers present, the time and date of the incident, and a description of the incident.

Employers must make sure that participation in a prescreening program for antibody status is not a condition for receiving hepatitis B vaccination.

WAC 296-823-14010

A written justification, with ...

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