Bloodborne Pathogens/Sentinel Event Alert:

New Changes in the Bloodborne Pathogen Standards from OSHA and JCAHO





Length of Program: 120 minutes


Course Description:

On August 30, 2001, the JCHAO issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the OSHA Needlestick Injury Prevention Act. JCAHO surveyors will begin issuing type 1 citations to facilities that are not in full compliance with the act. Administrators will look to the Infection Control Practitioner to ensure compliance. This workshop will provide detailed, practical information on how to comply with Bloodborne Pathogen standards. The program will discuss OSHA’s enforcement directive of November 1999 and the new federal needlestick law recently passed that will go into effect April 18, 2001. The focus will be on developing practical discussion among the participants and the presenters on how best to ensure compliance with the new standard. Safeguarding the health of the health care professional has always been a high priority for hospital managers. Starting with the 1991 OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard, state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors have surveyed hospitals on their programs for ensuring that bloodborne pathogen diseases are not transmitted from patients to employees.


Content for the program will include the following:

  • Learn how to comply with the JCAHO Sentinel Event Alert.

  • Understand OSHA’s BBP standard and the requirements identified in the November 1999 BBP Directive.

  • Learn about the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act that was passed on November 6, 2000.

  • Understand how to be in complete compliance with the JCAHO Sentinel Event Alert.

  • Learn what is required for an exposure control plan.

  • Be able to explain the compliance requirements of the new OSHA safety device regulations

  • Learn how to revise existing BBP documents to comply with OSHA regulations.

  • Review safety medical devices that are available.

  • Get information on how to identify, evaluate and select safety devices in 14 different function categories such as lancets, IM injectibles, I.V. connectors, etc.

  • Learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of safety medical devices.

  • Understand what documentation is necessary to successfully demonstrate regulatory compliance.

  • Get information on several methods of training staff concerning safety devices.

  • Learn where to find information regarding the BBP standards and compliance methods.

  • Learn about OSHA’s BBP inspection methods.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for Safety Professionals, Nurse Managers, Compliance staff, Infection control practitioners, Risk Managers and Supply Purchasers.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the major requirements of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.

  • Be familiar with basic epidemiological data on sharp-object injuries and a wide range of safety-engineered devices to prevent injuries in a variety of clinical settings.

  • Understand what OSHA compliance officers will for when conducting inspections related to the revised Bloodborne Pathogens Standards.

  • Effectively respond to JCAHO Sentinel Event Alert on OSHA Needlestick Prevention Act.


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