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Bloodborne Pathogens Program: Engineered Sharps Protection

Learn about engineered sharps protection requirements for work involving potentially infectious materials.


The California Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires the use of syringes with engineering controls (needleless systems) that isolate or remove the bloodborne pathogens hazard from the workplace.

UC San Diego's Bloodborne Pathogens Program requires personnel working with potentially infectious materials, including human blood, cells, and tissues, to comply with the standard.

Follow these requirements for documentation, engineered sharps protection, and training:


Engineered sharps protection

Use engineered sharps protection for any of the following:

  • Withdrawal of body fluids after initial venous or arterial access is established
  • Administration of medication or fluids
  • Any procedure involving the potential for an exposure incident (manipulation of human blood, blood products, tissues, or cell lines using a syringe, or any injection of these materials into animals, etc.)

See Engineered Sharps Vendors for equipment sources.


All personnel working with these materials must receive the following training:


To learn about exceptions to the engineered sharps protection requirement, contact EH&S Biosafety, (858) 534-5366.

Contact EH&S Biosafety.