Bloodborne Pathogens Program

The Campus Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) program is designed to protect individuals from occupational exposure to human blood, tissues, cell lines and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). UCSC researchers working with human blood, human cell lines or OPIM must contact the Campus Biosafety Officer to discuss development of a laboratory specific BBP plan.

UCSC Bloodborne Pathogens Program (PDF version)

Exposure Control Plan (PDF version) (Word version)

Human Cell Line Exposure Control Plan (PDF version - 4 page specific ECP for human cell line use)

Sharps injuries 

Fill out the Employer's First Report of Injury (EFR) form on the Workers' Compensation website in Risk Services. This form is an OSHA requirement and you may choose:

  • Employee Authorization for Medical Treatment of Occupational Incidents
  • If you are not seeking medical attention, select "Record Only" in the Medical Treatment section. 

Further reporting of Sharps Injuries: please fill out an EH&S Reporting Form. 

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination Information

Researchers and employees working with biological materials potentially contaminated with bloodborne pathogens are provided the hepatitis B vaccination series at no cost to themselves. Vaccination may not be appropriate for individuals who have previously completed the HBV vaccination series. Voluntary antibody testing is available to help assess whether previous vaccination remains effective. Personnel declining the vaccination series must complete the HBV Vaccination Declination Form for their Supervisor to keep on file as proof of having offered the vaccine.


BBP New Worker Training Form

Biosafety Cabinet Information

Cal-OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Human Cell Line Guidance Document