Health clearance and management of healthcare workers infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV and surveillance of occupational exposures.
Healthcare workers are subject to health clearance for bloodborne viruses (BBVs):
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
These measures are designed to protect patients from exposure in the clinical care setting. UK guidance sets out the requirements for this health clearance and describes clearance and monitoring arrangements for healthcare workers infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV who wish to perform exposure prone procedures (EPPs).
Healthcare workers are at risk of occupational exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV from needlestick injuries and other injuries sustained at work.
Guidance for healthcare workers infected with BBV
See UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) for further guidance.