The bloodborne pathogens program (BBP) is a safety program aimed at protecting employees who may be exposed to human blood, primary or established human cell lines, or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) while at work. Blood or OPIM can contain disease - causing virusis such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.
Hepatitis B (formerly known as serum Hepatitis) is a liver disease caused by a virus. The disease is fairly common; more than 2,000 cases are reported in New York State each year. Hepatitis B vaccination is provided at no cost to all Stony Brook University employees who are determined to be at risk of occupational exposure. Employees who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens and OPIM are offered hepatitis B vaccination after they have received the required training. The complete hepatitis B vaccination series, antibody testing to demonstrate immunity, or that the vaccine is contraindicated for medical reasons should be determined in consultation with Stony Brook Medicine’s Center for Occupational Medicine who maintains all related records.
Bloodborne Pathogens Vaccination and Declination Forms:
Hepatitis C (formerly known as non-A, non-B Hepatitis) is a liver disease caused by a recently identified bloodborne virus. Approximately 200 cases of Hepatitis C are reported in New York State each year.
Other Types of Hepatitis
- Hepatitis A (formerly known as infectious Hepatitis)
- Hepatitis D (delta Hepatitis)
- Hepatitis E (a virus transmitted through the feces of an infected person)