OSHA Series: The Exposure Control Plan
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $41.00


The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employing healthcare professionals to develop a written Exposure Control Plan for their offices. This plan provides the entire dental office, both front and back office staff; with specific policies and procedure they will use to maintain a safe environment. To be OSHA compliant, this plan must be updated and reviewed by all employees annually. We recommend that you assign one of your employees to be compliance manager for your office and make that person responsible for keeping the Exposure Control Plan current and available to other employees upon request.

The written Exposure Control Plan is the operational work plan for protecting you and your staff from exposure to bloodborne diseases. It must contain the following elements:

  • An explanation of what universal precautions mean to an employee,
  • A definition of engineering and work practice controls and how they are applicable to your specific office,
  • A list of ways in which personal and protective equipment help prevent staff from infection,
  • A description of cleaning and decontaminating all equipment and work surfaces, 
  • An explanation of the Hepatitis B vaccination process,
  • A definition of what constitutes exposure to a bloodborne pathogen,
  • A summary of proper post-exposure evaluations, and 
  • A description of proper handling of hazardous chemicals, including proper labeling procedures.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Review the components of the exposure control plan.
  2. Provide an explanation of the appropriate methods for recognizing tasks and other activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
  3. Provide an explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure including appropriate engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment.
  4. Provide information on the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of personal protective equipment.
  5. Provide an explanation of the basis for selection of personal protective equipment.

In 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, codified as 29 CFR 1910.1030. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will reduce occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material, including Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other bloodborne pathogens.  The Exposure Control Plan is the written guide for the dental office worker to be protected from Bloodborne Pathogens during their daily activities.  This course details personal protection and the selection of appropriate personal protective equipment.  Work practice controls and engineering controls are explained.  The importance of and how to maintain a clean and sanitary workplace is detailed.  The course ends on the most important component of the Exposure Control Plan and infection control:  Universal Precautions.


  1. Personal Protection

  2. Personal Protective Equipment

  3. Work Practice Controls

  4. Engineering Controls

  5. Clean and Sanitary Workplace

  6. Universal Precautions

  1. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR), Bloodborne Pathogens 1910.1030, www.osha.gov
  2. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogens, www.cdc.gov
  3. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Bloodborne Infectious Diseases, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/

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