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This Bloodborne Pathogens Training curriculum helps employers satisfy the training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1030. It includes vital information on the risks that bloodborne pathogens pose, methods employees can take to limit exposure, and what to do if they've had an exposure incident with blood.
Formats: Online E-Learning or Streaming Video
Languages: English or Spanish
Exposure to bloodborne pathogens can happen in the workplace. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that live in a person's blood. They can cause serious diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, malaria, and Ebola. Employees with "occupational exposure" are likely to have contact with blood and certain other body fluids at work. Those with occupational exposure need to know what to do if they have an incident with blood or certain other body fluids.
The Bloodborne Pathogens Training curriculum is designed to help learners understand how to protect themselves and lessen the risks of exposure.
IMPORTANT: This curriculum is designed to help employers satisfy the training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1030. It includes vital information on the risks that bloodborne pathogens pose, methods employees can take to limit exposure, and what to do if they've had an exposure incident with blood.
Course Curriculum Length: Approximately 55 minutes
This training is designed to help learners understand the risks involved with occupational exposure and the requirements in place to keep them safe.View Course
This training is designed to help learners understand the preventive and control measures related to bloodborne pathogens.View Course
Bloodborne pathogens are bacteria and viruses that live in blood and other bodily fluids, and include things like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, malaria, and other pathogens.
Any employee with occupational exposure, which means the employee could come in contact with blood or certain other bodily fluids while performing job duties. This could happen in any industry, not just healthcare. For example, some employees in a manufacturing facility might be part of an emergency response team, and if they are expected to provide first aid to injured coworkers, they have occupational exposure.
Yes, to any employees who have occupational exposure. The standard does not specify any amount of time that must be spent in training, but does list the elements to cover during training.
Employees must get annual refresher training, but it does not need to be as comprehensive as the initial training. In addition, if procedures change during the year in a way that affects their exposure, covered employees must be trained on those changes.
The answer depends on the type of record. Training records must be kept for at least three years. If an employee was injured by a contaminated sharp, a record of the incident must be kept for at least five years. Finally, certain employee medical records must be kept for at least the duration of employment plus 30 years.
A sharp is any object that can penetrate the skin. Most people think of needles, but broken glass and box cutter blades are also sharps. Normally, an employer can just throw broken glass in the trash. However, glass shards with blood on them are contaminated sharps. They must be handled with caution, and disposed of properly (not in the regular trash).
No, the standard applies only to employees with occupational exposure, meaning the potential for contact with blood is part of their job duties. If an employee voluntarily assists an injured coworker, that good Samaritan act is not covered by the OSHA standard.
Housekeeping workers in healthcare facilities are likely covered. In non-healthcare facilities, those workers do not automatically covered. Tasks such as cleaning toilets, emptying trash that may have soiled bandages or napkins, and cleaning vomit do not normally involve occupational exposure. The employer should still evaluate and make a determination, however.
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