Bloodborne Pathogen

Bloodborne Pathogens Program

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard (8 CCR 5193) applies to all employees​ who could "reasonably anticipate," as a result of performing their job tasks, contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). The CalOSHA BBP Standard protects employees who work in occupations where they are at risk of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.​

Regulatory text can be found here:

Human Cell Lines (established and primary) are subject to the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard​​

OSHA has issued an interpretation stating that all lab work with human tissues, body fluids, and cell lines are covered by the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. In order to be exempt from the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, a lab may choose to have their established human cell lines "characterized" as free of contamination from human hepatitis viruses, human immunodeficiency viruses,  and other recognized bloodborne pathogens. Contact the Biosafety Officer for more information.

Exposure Control Plans

The Exposure Control Plan must be in writing and is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. The Exposure Control Plan must be accessible to employees. The Exposure Control Plan shall be reviewed and updated at least annually.


Training must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours. Training shall be provided at the time of initial assignment AND at least annually thereafter (within one year of previous training). 

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training for Researchers can be completed through the CITI Program Website: CITI Program Website Training instructions
  • Custodial Services and other campus employees are assigned Bloodborne Pathogen Training through CSULearn. If you have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material and have not been assigned training, contact [email protected].

Links for current employees: