Scenario

Steven is a new employee for AAA Manufacturing. He has been hired as a supervisor to oversee line production on the swing-shift. As a supervisor, he is expected to provide emergency medical care if an employee becomes injured or sick.

Should Steven’s position be classified as having occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens?

Yes. Although providing emergency medical care is not Steven’s primary responsibility, it is part of his job classification. As a result, Steven does have the potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Steven’s employer must ensure he has the proper training and equipment to provide medical care safely and with minimal risk of occupational exposure.