Bloodborne Pathogen

WorkSafeBC's Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 296/97 requires that SFU develop and implement an exposure control plan if a worker has, or may have, occupational exposure to a bloodborne pathogen or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs). Potential for infection exists from contact with body fluids, human blood and any tissue or organ, other than intact skin, from a human being (living or deceased).

SFU employees working with, or who could come in contact with, blood or other potentially infectious materials as the result of performing their job duties, must attend bloodborne pathogen training.

For more information on preventing exposures to bloodborne pathogens, view the SFU Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan

Departments with positions identified as having potential exposure risk must ensure that they develop, implement and maintain a site- specific exposure control plan for their department.

EHRS has developed a template exposure control plan designed to assist departments in customizing a plan that meets the requirements of the Regulation regulations and addresses the department's specific needs and circumstances.  For assistance, please contact the Biosafety Officer in EHRS.

  • Each department must provide EHRS with a copy of their customized department plan including a list of all employees covered by the plan, dates of training and dates of vaccinations.

  • If an employee refuses a vaccination, the refusal must be documented and a copy submitted with the plan. The plan must be updated at least annually as protocols may change and/or employees may turn over.