What jobs are most at risk of exposure?

Medical provider exposed to BBP.
Medical providers are often exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material (OPIM).

Occupations with a likely chance of occupational exposure include:

  • first aid providers
  • teachers
  • daycare workers
  • housekeepers
  • lab workers
  • firefighters
  • emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
  • law enforcement agents
  • medical and dental personnel

An employer must review every job classification and make a determination of the potential occupational exposure for that position. Failure to properly identify potential occupational exposure can result in warnings or fines issued by OSHA.

If an occupational exposure does occur, it is important for you to follow the employer’s written procedures for handling medical self-care and evaluation, as well as documenting the circumstances of the exposure.