Bloodborne Pathogens—General

Course Description:

This online bloodborne pathogen safety training course will teach employees to identify bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) that might be present in the workplace and understand how certain diseases are transmitted through blood. This course will teach employees to determine risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace and how to protect themselves from exposure through prevention and by following certain procedures if exposed and how to respond appropriately if exposed to bloodborne pathogens. It is also important to understand employee rights to medical evaluations.

Course Duration: 28 minutes

Why “Bloodborne Pathogens—General” Matters:

Nearly 6 million American workers are at risk for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

OSHA’s BBP Standard is often one of the top 10 most frequently violated standards, with penalties in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 needlestick and other sharps injuries are reported each year, but the actual number is probably much higher.

The risk of contracting hepatitis B from exposure to infected blood may be as high as 30 percent.

Required by 29 CFR 1910.1030.

Key Points:

  • Bloodborne pathogens can cause fatal diseases. They include HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  • Be aware of the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens at work.
  • Exposure can happen if a coworker suffers a bleeding injury or when you are administering first aid, touching a contaminated surface, cleaning up blood, cleaning a restroom, or touching a tool that has dried blood on it.
  • Take universal precautions by assuming that all blood or bodily fluid is infected.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as a barrier between you and the source of infection, and follow safe work practices such as labeling and proper disposal of infectious material.
  • Decontaminate yourself by thoroughly washing up after potential exposure, and decontaminate any tools or equipment that might be exposed.
  • Understand and follow exposure incident procedures if you think you might have been exposed.
  • Report all incidents of possible exposure to blood or bodily fluids so that they can be evaluated and appropriate steps can be taken if necessary.

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