Bloodborne Pathogen Program

This program is intended to be a university wide program and is written to comply with OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.1030 and UNI Policy.

This program is for employees who have the potential for occupational exposure to blood or blood products and other potentially infectious materials such as bodily fluids.

Departments are required to develop their own Exposure Control Plan that meets OSHA standards and University Policy. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) can aid any department needing to create an exposure control plan.

Exposure Control Plan Requirements

Designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.


  • Exposure Determination
    • A list of all job classifications and all tasks and procedures in which occupational occurs
    • This exposure determination shall be made without regard to the use of personal protective equipment.
  • The schedule and method of implementation
    • Methods of Compliance
    • Hepatitis B Vaccination and Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-up
    • Communication of Hazards to Employees
    • Recordkeeping
  • The procedure for the evaluation of circumstances surrounding exposure incidents
  • Ensure a copy of the Exposure Control Plan is accessible to employees
  • Reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary to reflect new or modified tasks and procedures


Training Requirements

  • Take place within 10 working days of initial assignment
  • Be completed annually
  • Contain certain elements of the training section in the Exposure Control Plan
    • OSHA standard for Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Epidemiology and symptomatology of bloodborne diseases
    • Modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens
    • Exposure Control Plan, i.e. points of the plan, lines of responsibility, how the plan will be implemented, etc)
    • Procedures which might cause exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials at this facility
    • Control methods that will be used at the University of Northern Iowa to control exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials
    • Personal protective equipment available and who should be contacted
    • Procedures for Post Exposure evaluation and follow-up
    • Signs and labels used at the University of Northern Iowa
    • Hepatitis B vaccination process at the University of Northern Iowa


Hepatitis B Vaccination Process

Hepatitis B vaccination is offered to employees who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The vaccination series is provided to employees at no cost.  The Hepatitis B vaccination shall be made available after the employee receives the required training and within 10 working days of initial assignment.

Records of the vaccination process shall be maintained for the duration of employment plus 30 years in a secure location.


Exposure Control Plans

  • Athletic Training
  • Child Development Center
  • Facilities Management
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Public Safety
  • Recreation Services
  • Speech & Hearing Clinic
  • Student Health Center
  • Student Involvement & Event Services
  • Housing and Dining
  • Youth Programs

Reviewed by EHS on 9/28/2023