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OSHA Watch Question of the Month - January/February 2004

January/February Question of the Month: Can vaccines and food be stored in the same refrigerator?

Answer: OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard prohibits storing food and drinks in a refrigerator that contains serum-based vaccines or blood. It is also remotely possible that non-serum based vaccines could contaminate employee food.

Vaccine storage conditions must be strictly monitored, as vaccines are prone to lose their potency if temperatures are not accurately maintained. Most "break room" refrigerators are opened and closed frequently and are not equipped with monitoring systems to maintain a consistent temperature. Have a special refrigerator for vaccine storage and monitor the temperatrue daily.

Posted by Quality America on December 20, 2005 | Comments (2)


How often are refrigerator temperatures to be monitored?

Posted by: sherrill friedman at October 18, 2006 10:19 AM

Monitor refrigerator temperatures daily.

Posted by: Sarah Alholm at October 24, 2006 12:41 PM

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