Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reduces Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined in the standard. The best protection against exposure is to ensure you are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). To protect yourself, it is essential to have a barrier between you and the potentially infectious material.
Personal protective equipment may include gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks, eye protection, pocket masks, and other protective gear. The PPE selected must be appropriate for the task. This means the level and type of protection must fit the expected exposure.