Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Program

 

The purpose of the UW Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Program is to protect employees from exposure to human blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood; these and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) can cause disease. Examples include hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

OPIM includes all of the following:

Site-Specific Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Control Plan template

 

PIs/supervisors must develop a site-specific BBP Exposure Control Plan (Word) as a supplement to the UW’s core BBP Exposure Control Plan in Appendix A of the UW Biosafety Manual. The site-specific plan identifies who is covered by the plan, personal protective equipment (PPE) for each task, decontamination procedures and first aid/exposure response procedures.

Respiratory Protection

 

You might need respiratory protection if inhalation hazards exist in your work environment. If you wear a respirator at UW, you must use it according to the UW Respiratory Protection Program, which is designed to protect employees and students by establishing accepted practices for assessing respiratory hazards and selecting, using and caring for respirators.

Select Agent Program

The Federal Select Agent Program regulates all work with select agents and toxins, including possession, use and transfer. Researchers at the UW working with select agents and toxins are required to enroll in the UW Select Agent Program before they can begin work.

UW Select Toxin Transfer Due Diligence Form

Complete this form for any transfer of select toxins in any amount to any intra- or extramural entity or individual requires documentation of due diligence. Submit the completed form to uwsa@uw.edu prior to transfer.

The Principal Investigator sending the toxin is responsible for documenting due diligence and maintaining records for three years. The Federal Select Agent Program’s Due Diligence Frequently Asked Questions has more information.