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 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)