Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Manual: Reporting an Incident

Bloodborne Pathogens: Reporting an Incident

When reporting the incident, the exposed employee needs to report the incident to a direct supervisor of the employer (per the employer’s policy), so that the individual can be tested. The employer will then make arrangements for the exposed employee to seek medical evaluation and follow-up from the incident. Lastly, it is the exposed employee's task to complete a written opinion, so to document the events that took place during the exposure.

Maintaining confidential medical records for the exposed employee is crucial to ensure privacy and compliance with legal requirements.

Reporting incidents helps ensure the safety of everyone involved, the proper medical response and decontamination and sanitization of the area. Additionally, reporting an incident can help prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, helping maintain a safer workplace.