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occupational exposure
Reasonably foreseen skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious material that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.



Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
A seven-member body appointed by the governor to set workplace safety and health standards. The part-time, independent board holds its monthly meetings in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.



order taking off calendar (OTOC)
An order that places a Workers' Compensation Appeals Board case in an inactive status.



order to preserve
An order to preserve is given to the employer to preserve the accident scene to prevent items from being removed, altered or tampered with before the investigation is concluded.



order to prohibit use
An order to prohibit use is issued when a condition creates an imminent hazard to the safety and health of the employees. It forbids the use of the area, machine or equipment that presents the hazard.



other potentially infectious material (OPIM)
Includes:
(1) the following human body fluids:semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any other body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood such as saliva or vomitus, and all body fluids in situations such as emergency response where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate them
(2) any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead)
(3) any of the following, if known or reasonably likely to contain or be infected with HIV, HBV, or HCV:
(A) cell, tissue, or organ cultures from humans or experimental animals
(B) blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals
(C) culture medium or other solutions.



outside salespersons
Any person, 18 years of age or older, who customarily and regularly works more than half the working time away from the employer's place of business selling tangible or intangible items or obtaining orders or contracts for products, services, or use of facilities.



overnight trip
Comprised of a maximum of 12 hours worked within a period of no less than 24 hours compensated at a rate of no less than 12 times the hourly minimum wage.