Work Practice Controls

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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 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
  • No use of personal electronic devices
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