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Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure

At UW-Madison, work with established human cell lines is considered to have potential bloodborne pathogen exposure, even if the cells are screened.

See the UW-Madison Researchers' Biosafety Manual for details. The cells can contain pathogens not used in the screening or pathogens that are not yet known. Therefore these cells must be handled at BSL-2 and the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure section must be completed.

Non-human primate cells do not require completion of the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure section.

The Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure section of the BIO-ARROW protocol replaces your exposure control plan or Bloodborne Pathogen binder. When the protocol is approved (registered) you will have the opportunity to create a BBP summary, which you can print and/or save as your new BBP Exposure control plan.

The UW-Madison Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Program explains the requirements for working with materials that have potential bloodborne pathogen exposure.

If you have questions about this section, please contact Carrie Ensrud, Bloodborne Pathogen Program manager in OBS at or 608-445-4516. 

Exposure Determination

For the Bloodborne Pathogens Personnel Exposure Determination, you do not need to list all the same personnel from the Personnel pages in this section.

Only list the personnel in this protocol who will be handling human derived materials of any kind. These individuals will have the potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens in their work.


Consult the EPA’s list of registered antimicrobial products effective against human HIV and Hepatitis B Virus for information about appropriate disinfectants.

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Still have questions? Call the Office of Biological Safety (OBS) at 608-263-2037. We are happy to help you.

Keywordsbloodborne pathogens, exposure determination, housekeeping, exposure   Doc ID43084
OwnerTara S.GroupARROW - Institutional Biosafety Committee
Created2014-08-21 15:09 CSTUpdated2023-09-05 17:09 CST
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