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Blood and other body fluids have the potential to carry germs that can pose a public health threat. They can transmit hepatitis and many other diseases. Hospitals, medical and dental offices, laboratories, schools, and laundry facilities are just a few of the locations that can occasionally get contaminated with blood and body fluids containing infectious germs. Without the proper use of antimicrobial pesticides, these areas could pose a risk of infection to workers and others. As such, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Blood Borne Pathogen Standard to protect workers in these environments.

In order to protect public health, the EPA requires any product claiming to control disease-causing pathogens to prove their effectiveness before they are registered with the EPA and placed on the market.

Tips for selecting and using antimicrobial products:

Learn more about:

Additional Resources:

Disinfectants, Sanitizers, and Sterilants

Other Additional Resources:

Resources about specific pathogens:

Clostridium difficile

Candida auris

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus)


Flu Viruses (H1N1, Avian, etc.)

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated May 13, 2024