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Protect employees from biological agents.

You must:
(1) Protect employees from exposure to hazardous concentrations of biological agents that may result from processing, handling or using materials or waste.
Note:
Potential exposure to biological agents occurs during cleanup, or other tasks, where employees handle:
 
– Animals or animal waste
 
– Body fluids
 
– Biological agents in a medical research lab
 
– Mold or mildew
 
Check The Center of Disease Control web site (www.cdc.gov) to find published guidelines and information on safe handling and protection from specific biological agents (examples: Hanta virus, TB).
You must:
(2) Warn employees of biohazards.
• Use signs, tags, or labels to identify:
– The actual or potential presence of a biohazard;
AND
– Equipment, containers, rooms, materials, experimental animals, or any combinations of these that contain viable hazardous agents.
Definition:
Biohazard means those infectious agents presenting a risk or potential risk of death, injury or illness to employees.
You must:
• Make sure the sign, tag, or label includes the biohazard symbol that is designed and proportioned in the illustration that follows.
 
You must:
• Make sure that there is sufficient contrast for the symbol to be clearly defined, if the sign, tag, or label has a background color.
Reference:
Additional requirements for biohazard signs, tags, and labels may apply. See WAC 296-823-14025 and 296-823-18040 of the Bloodborne Pathogens book.
Note:
• It's recommended that the sign, tag, or label have a key color of fluorescent orange or orange-red and lettering or symbols in a contrasting color.
 
•Appropriate wording may be used in association with the symbol to indicate:
 
– The nature or identity of the hazard;
 
– Name of individual responsible for its control;
 
– Precautionary information;
 
OR
 
– Other information.
 
• This information should not be written on the symbol.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 04-18-080, § 296-800-11045, filed 8/31/04, effective 11/1/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, and [49.17].050. WSR 02-16-047, § 296-800-11045, filed 8/1/02, effective 10/1/02.]
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