OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 35 Health Care and Industries with Biological Hazards

Section 530 Post-exposure management

Employers are required to have policies and procedures describing employer and worker responsibilities in the event that a worker is exposed to biohazardous material. As required by section 8 of the OHS Regulation, these policies and procedures must be in writing and available to workers.

In case of an exposure, including needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries, the employer needs to ensure that first aid and medical attention are available to the worker. Details of the exposure need to be recorded, the significance of the exposure assessed, and follow-up advice provided.

For harmful exposures, follow-up actions may include making arrangements for confidential post-exposure counseling, medical evaluation, or medical intervention by a qualified person.

Workers need to be aware of the procedures they must follow to obtain immediate first aid. Incidents of exposure to biohazardous materials must be reported as soon as possible to a supervisor and first aid attendant, and recorded in the First Aid Record Book.

Several Workplace Health and Safety publications provide more detailed information.

For more information

Immunizations for Worker Exposure
Bulletin MG024