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Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management Archived Through 2012
 FAQ - Sharps Safety/Postexposure Management - Archived Through 2012

 

 

In an occupational exposure and followup, would the consulting healthcare professional report back to the employer with any limits on job performance to lower the risk of a seroconverted healthcare worker transmitting an infectious disease to future patients? 

The responsibility of the evaluating healthcare provider is limited to counseling exposed workers regarding their exposures, risks, and recommended treatments or prophylaxis. The information provided to the employer should be limited to that required under the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Rule: that the employee has been informed of the results of the evaluation and that the employee has been told about any medical conditions resulting from the exposure that might require further evaluation or treatment(1).
References:
(1) OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Final Rule. Available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html 

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