OSHA Regulations

OSHA Regulations Apply to Physician Offices
As Well As Hospitals

Physician Offices Need to Comply

The Bloodborne Pathogens standard and the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act apply to all healthcare settings where an employee faces exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. These include:

  • Hospitals
  • Surgery centers
  • Medical clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care/ Home infusion

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The Standard States:

  • Employers who have employees exposed to contaminated sharps must consider and implement appropriate commercially available and effective safer medical devices designed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure.
  • Employees with occupational exposure must be trained in the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure, including safer medical devices, work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Practices with 10 or more employees must maintain a sharps injury log. The log must protect employee confidentiality.

The Five Most Often Cited Violations of the Standard Are:

  • Lack of a written Exposure Control Plan
  • Lack of updates to the Exposure Control Plan to document annual consideration and implementation of safer medical devices.
  • No use of safe medical devices and safe work practices
  • No availability of HBV vaccination
  • Lack of employee safety training program

Each citation can lead to a fine of up to $7,000.

"Willful" violations can lead to fines as high as $7,000. Failure to use a safety
product can lead to multiple citations, which might include:

  • Failure to document evaluation and use of the safety product in the Exposure Control Plan.
  • Failure to include exposed employees in the evaluation and selection of safety products.
  • Failure to implement safety products.


MSS0049      04/2012