It is the legal responsibility of the laboratory director and supervisor to ensure that an Exposure Control Plan has been implemented and that the mandated safety guidelines are followed. The plan identifies tasks that are hazardous to employees and promotes employee safety through use of the following:
- Employee education and orientation
- Appropriate disposal of hazardous waste
- Standard (formerly Universal) Precautions
- Engineering controls and safe work practices, as well as appropriate waste disposal and use of BSCs
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as laboratory coats, shoe covers, gowns, gloves, and eye protection (goggles, face shields)
- Postexposure plan involving the investigation of all accidents and a plan to prevent recurrences knowledgeable about the risks associated with laboratory-acquired infections. The safety officer should provide orientation of new employees, as well as quarterly continuing education updates for all personnel. Initial training and all retraining should be documented in writing. Hand washing should be emphasized for all laboratory personnel. The mechanical action of rubbing the hands together and soaping under the fingernails is the most important part of the process; in the laboratory, products containing antibacterial agents do not prove to be any more effective than ordinary soap, unlike the situation in areas of the hospital such as the operating room.
All employees should also be offered, at no charge, the HBV vaccine and annual skin tests for tuberculosis. For those employees whose skin tests are already positive or those who have previously been vaccinated with BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), the employer should offer chest radiographs on employment although annual chest x-ray studies thereafter are no longer recommended by the CDC.
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