Scenario

Maria is an employee for a local hospital and works in their housekeeping department.

Is it Maria’s responsibility to know what her occupational exposure is?

No. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure each employee is properly trained and understands their potential occupational exposure. Further, the employer is responsible for documenting the training and maintaining all associated records. Maria has the responsibility to follow the established procedures identified in her employer’s exposure control plan and ask questions if needed.

It is important to know if your job classification puts you at risk for occupational exposure. If your job puts you at risk, be aware that specific tasks or procedures may still have the potential for exposure.