Bloodborne Pathogen Program
BBP Exposure Information
- In Gainesville, call the Needlestick-Biopath Hotline (866-477-6824) 24 hours a day following any exposure.
- In Jacksonville, go to the Employee Health Office in Suite 505, Tower 1, 5th and Jefferson from 7 – 4:30. Go to the ER after hours. Phone: (904) 244-9576
- For exposure incidents more than 1 hour away from Gainesville, go to the nearest medical facility.
In December 1991, OSHA published the final rule covering occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This was adopted by the state of Florida and written into the Florida Administrative Code in January 1993. UF instituted its program in the spring of 1993.
The rule requires that those who handle human blood or other potentially infectious (human) materials as part of their job duties participate in an employer-generated program. This program shall include development and annual review of a site specific Exposure Control Plan, annual training regarding exposures, offer of hepatitis B vaccinations free-of-charge, and post-exposure health care services.
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) manages this program through the Biological Safety Office. Each January, EH&S sends program materials and instructions to department chairs and directors of groups identified as having employees with occupational exposure. These materials provide instructions and information necessary to achieve annual training compliance.
In addition to the program materials, EH&S provides “train-the-trainer” sessions annually.
Hepatitis B vaccinations are given by the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) or, in some cases, Shands Occupational Health Services, or other providers. Official program medical records are kept by SHCC. There is a requirement that Shands or other providers send vaccination and post-exposure records to SHCC for record-keeping purposes. Declination statements from those that decline the vaccination series are kept by EH&S.
EH&S monitors for UF compliance by requiring training and vaccination documentation and by confirming BBP participation during the annual laboratory safety survey which is conducted in each laboratory each year.
For further information, please call the Biological Safety Office at 392-1591.