Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Infection Prevention Program

The Infection Prevention Program is designed to provide service to employees with occupational exposure to potentially infectious material including tissues from humans and animals or contact with an infectious microorganism. This program mirrors the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandated Exposure Control Plan outlined in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program (BBP) while also addressing infection control policies for employees working with animals, disease causing microorganisms, and human pathogens other than those specifically addressed by OSHA's BBP program.

Employees who work with potentially infectious material in research labs at Virginia Tech must be familiar with, and closely follow, the policies and procedures described in Biosafety for Researchers.

Employees with occupational exposure to human tissue, blood, fluids or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) of human origin must be familiar with, and closely follow, the requirements outlined in the Bloodborne Pathogens Program (BBP).

Job classifications at Virginia Tech that are included in the ICP include:

  • Animal Care
  • Athletic Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical/Clinical Work
  • Regulated Medical Waste Operations
  • Research with pathogenic microorganisms
  • Veterinary Medical/Clinical work

Infection Prevention Program (doc) (pdf)

Information regarding the purpose, applicaton and scope of this program

EHSS, Departmental, and Employee responsibilities are covered in this section.

Exposure Control
This section outlines the routes of exposure and exposure control options.

Training Program
This section describes the training provided by EHSS as well as training that must be provided by the department.

Infectious Agent Vaccination and Medical Surveillance Program
This section outlines the vaccinations that will be made available to potentially exposed persons, as well as other medical surveillance services including post-exposure examinations and testing.

Exposure Reporting
This section provides guidance on how to report a known or suspect exposure to an infectious agent.

Appendix A: Department-Specific Information Sheets
This section contains the worksheets that must be completed by all covered departments.

Appendix B: Human Diseases
Information on human diseases caused by infectious agents is provided in this section.

Appendix C: Zoonotic Diseases
Information on human diseases caused by zoonotic (e.g., transmissible between animals and humans) infectious agents is provided in this section.

Definitions for terms used in this program can be found in this section.

Contact Information

Sarah Owen, Industrial Hygienist