|Category||Health and Safety|
|Approved by||Council, 1 September 2004|
|Date Policy Took Effect||1 September 2004|
|Last approved revision||26 June 2017|
|Sponsor||Chief Operating Officer|
|Responsible officer||Director, Health, Safety and Wellbeing|
The key objective of this policy is to minimise the likelihood of occupational exposure to blood or other body fluids, and to ensure if exposure does occur, that the situation is managed correctly to ensure the minimum possible harm occurs to the individual(s) involved.
All University of Otago work locations. This policy applies to all workers, students and visitors in any University of Otago workplace, including fieldwork and work off site.
- Managers and Supervisors responsible for a workplace where risk of blood and/or body fluid exposure exists must ensure that the operating procedures described in the Biohazard Safety Manual are followed.
- Workers and students have a duty to comply with the Biohazard Safety Manual requirements, including the reporting of any incidents.
- Where potential exposure to blood and body fluids are identified as work activity hazards or risks, the Occupational Vaccination Policy applies for the immunisation of blood borne diseases.
Related policies, procedures and forms
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Health and Safety Policy
- Occupational Vaccination Policy
- ACC Partnership Programme
- Incident Reporting Policy
- Process and Guide for Management of Blood and Body Fluids Exposure (PDF)
- Process and Guide for Management of Blood and Body Fluids Exposure – Dentistry (PDF)
Contact for further information
If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, contact: