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OSHA BBP Standard: Work Practice Controls

Work practice controls are procedures that reduce the risk of exposure by altering the way in which a task is performed. Wherever there is the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBP) or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), the following actions are prohibited:
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking
  • No applying cosmetics or lip balm
  • No handling of contact lenses
  • No keeping of food and beverages in refrigerators, freezers, shelves, cabinets, or countertops where blood or OPIM are present
  • No mouth pipetting
  • No recapping, bending, or breaking of needles
Additional work practice controls include restricting laboratory access to only authorized personnel. Laboratory personnel should frequently cleanse their hands with soap and water and use "no-hands" procedures when discarding contaminated sharps.