This policy sets out the procedures in place with Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust for the management of Occupational exposure to blood and other bodily fluids where there is a risk of transmission of blood borne viruses (BBVs). Examples can be needle-stick; sharps; human bites and contamination accidents.

Although there are potentially more than 20 pathogens that can be transmitted via bodily fluid exposure (BFE), this policy focuses on the most common viruses which cause chronic lifelong infection with high plasma viral loads and which may be readily transmitted by bodily fluid exposure in a health care setting, known an occupational exposure to i.e. hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Occupational body fluid exposure (BFE) is an incident that occurs in the course of work. Certain occupational groups such as health and social care workers, police and other emergency workers are at risk of sustaining a BFE in the line of their duties.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Nadine Williams, Occupational Health Manager
Ratified by: Control of Infection Committee
Date Ratified: December 2023
Date Issued: January 2024
Review Date: December 2026
Target Audience: All new or existing staff that are exposed to body fluids in their role within the Trust.
Contact name: Nadine Williams, Occupational Health Manager


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