Workforce Safety for Syringe Service Programs

As described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidance, SSPs are an effective component of a comprehensive, cost-effective, integrated approach to HIV and viral hepatitis prevention among people who inject drugs. Following the updated federal guidelines to expand funding to SSPs in 2016, there is a growing need among community-based organizations and partners for guidelines to inform program development and implementation of SSPs in accordance with workforce safety best practices including universal precautions, OSHA, and exposure control.

This webinar on March 19 at 2 pm ET will inform staff from SSPs, community-based organizations, and other interested stakeholders on best practices for promoting workforce safety and OSHA guidelines for syringe service programs and service delivery to people who inject drugs.

Through harm reduction expertise and case study examples of how a range of community-based providers ensure OSHA compliance and workforce safety, participants will walk away with the ability to:

  • Identify bloodborne pathogens to prevent during syringe service program delivery
  • Identify measures a syringe service program can put in place for workforce safety
  • Describe harm reduction strategies to reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens


  • Joanna Berton-Martinez, The Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Emma Roberts, The Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Haley Coles, Sonoran Prevention Works
  • Adrian Neil, AIDS United

Download the slides here.