In 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted a regulation that requires employers to protect employees who have a potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. According to OSHA, the training required by the regulation must provide employees with a copy of the regulation itself, as well as an explanation of its contents.
For a copy of the regulation: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10051
OSHA regulations and guidelines apply to employees who may come into contact with blood or other body substances that could cause an infection. These regulations apply to lifeguards because, as professional rescuers, lifeguards are expected to provide emergency care as a part of their job. These guidelines can help lifeguards and their employers meet the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard to prevent transmission of serious diseases.
The rest of this module will provide an explanation of the OSHA requirements that apply to bloodborne pathogens. This includes the following topics:
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