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Work Practice Controls

Work practice controls are procedures that reduce the risk of exposure by altering the way in which a task is performed to make it safer. There is a need to implement certain work practices/work practice procedures to make effective use of the engineering controls. Wherever there is the risk of exposure to BBPs or OPIM, the following work practice controls should be in place:
  • 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:
  • Enforcing hand washing procedures following the removal of gloves
  • Restricting access to only authorized personnel (surgical areas, laboratory, pathology)
  • Creating a neutral zone in surgery
  • Decontaminating equipment before servicing
  • Enforcing a single hand method to activate needle safety shields