Safety Consulting & Training Services
What are Bloodborne Pathogens?
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses, and other healthcare personnel are possible at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
What can be done to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens?
In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures. The plan must also describe how an employer will use engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). Engineering controls are the primary means of eliminating or minimizing employee exposure and include the use of safer medical devices, such as needleless devices, shielded needle devices, and plastic capillary tubes.
This course will teach you about the hazards of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace. You will be taught about how to identify major bloodborne diseases and symptoms, how pathogens are transmitted, the basics of exposure prevention, incident response, and cleanup. The course reviews epidemiology, sharps management, cleanup of blood spills, proper personal protective equipment to prevent infection, proper disposal, and information regarding the Hepatitis B Vaccine form.
If you have a reasonably anticipated risk of exposure to blood and bodily fluids at work, you need this course. That includes healthcare professionals, emergency responders, healthcare janitorial staff, housekeeping professionals, and tattoo artists.
Program Responsibilities (Management, Program Admin, Employees)
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Post-Exposure Evaluation & Follow-up
Reporting and Investigation
Periodic Program Review