Bloodborne Pathogens

UCCS has adopted the OSHA 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogen Standard to protect workers who may be exposed to blood from microorganisms that can cause disease in humans. Such pathogens include the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

 Since exposure to blood could potentially be fatal, the standard covers student, staff and faculty who may be reasonably anticipated to come into contact with human blood and other potentially infectious materials in order to perform their jobs. "Good Samaritan" acts such as assisting a co-worker who has a nosebleed would not be covered   Workers at risk who may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials may include:

Worker Group Training
Physicians, Nurses and Medical Technologists including students during practicals Covered in coursework or as part of on-going professional certifications
Research laboratory scientists including student workers and volunteers On-line training provided by EH&S
Fitness Center Employees and Lifeguards Covered in First Aid/CPR training
Some Maintenance and Custodial staff Annual training provided by EH&S
Law Enforcement staff Covered in First Aid/CPR training


For questions concerning the Campus Bloodborne Pathogen program, contact EHS at 719-255-3212.