Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.
All of the requirements of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard can be found in 29 CFR 1910.1030. The standard’s requirements state what employers must do to protect workers who are occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined in the standard. That is, the standard protects workers who can reasonably be anticipated to come into contact with blood or OPIM as a result of doing their job duties. Some of the things OSHA requires employers to do include establishing an exposure control plan, implementing the use of universal precautions, identifying and using engineering controls, identifying and ensuring the use of work practice controls and providing information and training to workers.
This video will assist employers in providing the proper and necessary OSHA required training on bloodborne pathogens. This course will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Contents of the OSHA standard
- Epidemiology & symptoms of bloodborne diseases
- Modes by which bloodborne diseases are transmitted
- The Exposure Control Plan
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Practices to prevent exposure
- Signs, labels & containers
- Emergency Procedures
- Follow-up Procedures