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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 <> 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 pathogens exposure section.

The bloodborne pathogen section of the Arrow-biosafety 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 bloodborne 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, manager of the Bloodborne Pathogen Program at or 608-445-4516. 

Exposure Determination

You do not need to list all personnel from section II in this section. Only list the individuals who have the potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens.


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!