The Arizona Work Exposure to Bodily Fluids law (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 23-1043.01 to 23-1043.06) is a state law that requires employers to provide certain protections to employees who are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) in the workplace. The law is administered by the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
The law requires employers to:
- Provide employees with training on the hazards of bloodborne pathogens and how to prevent exposure.
- Provide employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
- Provide employees with post-exposure medical evaluation and treatment if they are exposed to bloodborne pathogens.
- Maintain records of employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Employees who are exposed to blood or OPIM in the workplace have the right to:
- Receive free medical evaluation and treatment.
- File a workers’ compensation claim if they become ill as a result of the exposure.
If you are exposed to blood or OPIM in the workplace, you should:
- Report the exposure to your employer immediately.
- Follow your employer’s procedures for post-exposure medical evaluation and treatment.
- File a workers’ compensation claim if you become ill as a result of the exposure.