Syracuse University has developed the bloodborne pathogens program to protect employees from the health hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens (i.e., Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and ensure the availability of appropriate treatments and counseling if an employee is exposed to bloodborne pathogens. The bloodborne pathogens program helps ensure Syracuse University is in compliance with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens standard.
Supervisors are responsible for identifying employees that are reasonably anticipated to have exposure to human material (e.g., blood, tissue, urine, cells, etc.), ensure practices and procedures are in place to protect personnel, and ensure individuals receive the bloodborne pathogens training offered by Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS).
Researchers working with human material must submit an initial biological research registration indicating the materials they will be working with and obtain approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to conducting research activities. The IBC reviews and approves practices and procedures regarding research and other activities involving biohazardous material, and take appropriate actions to ensure activities are conducted in compliance with applicable regulations and the University’s biological safety program.