Phlebotomist's Work Hours
Phlebotomist Work Hours
Phlebotomists usually work regular office hours, but they may be required to work on weekends as well.
Phlebotomists need to have an up-to-date First Aid Certificate, and they need to have a driver's licence and clean
driving record if they are required to travel to collect samples.
Experienced phlebotomists might function as so-called mobile phlebotomists driving to patient locations to
perform blood draws, complete paperwork, and transport specimens for testing from there. On their daily rounds they
encounter both healthy and sick people, from infants to the elderly. In some cases it may be the phlebotomist who
performs certain manual tests or operates automated analyzers to process the blood. This carries a high potential
for exposure to blood borne pathogens trough splatter and needle stick injuries.
Phlebotomists must understand that due to their occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious
materials they may be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and other illnesses. The law mandates
that employers must give phlebotomists the opportunity to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, at no charge to
them. OSHA Standard 1910.1030 - Bloodborne Pathogens Regulatory
OSHA has concluded that the best practice for prevention of needle stick injuries following phlebotomy
procedures is the use of appropriate safety devices, safe equipment and the use of a sharps disposal container with
engineered sharps injury protection attached to the blood tube holder.
*In the United States OSHA frowns on using a straigth needle with a syringe, but a
winged infusion set (butterfly) is fine.