Blood-borne Pathogens Training & Certification
What do we offer? Whether you want blood-borne pathogens certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the blood-borne pathogens training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
What are my options for blood-borne pathogens training?
What’s in the Blood-borne Pathogens Training Course?
Our Blood-borne Pathogens Safety Training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on transmission, precautions, post-exposure, case studies, and more.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for blood-borne pathogens:
- Encompasses these U.S. Standards
29 CFR 1910.1030 – Bloodborne Pathogens
29 CFR 1910.151 – Medical Services and First Aid
29 CFR 1915.1030 – Toxic, Hazardous Substances, Exposure
29 CFR 1926.25 – Disposal of Sharps, Hazardous Waste
29 CFR 1926.20 – General Safety and Health Provisions, Training
29 CFR 1926.21(b)2 – Training, Education, Hazard Recognition
OSH Act of 1970, 5(a)(1) – General Clause
- Encompasses these Canadian Standards
CAN/CGSB/CSA-Z1610-11 – Protection of first responders from CBRN events (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear)
B.C. – OHS Regulation Part 5, Chemical & Biological Agents; & Part 6, Substance Specific Agents (G6.34-1 – G6.10; Biological Agents
Ontario – OHS Act, Needle Safety
Ontario – OHS Act, Needle Safety
Manitoba –Safety & Health Act, Needles in Medical Workplaces
Nova Scotia – Safe Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act
Saskatchewan – OHS Act, Needle Safe Devices & Improved Exposure Control Plans
Why do I need blood-borne pathogens training?
In line with regulations, anyone whose work may potentially expose them to blood or other infectious materials must receive training prior to working on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
Did You Know?
About 99.7% of exposures to HIV-infected blood from needlesticks or cuts do not lead to infection.
The risk of infection from a needle or cut exposure to hepatitis B infected blood is 6% – 30% (depending on the antigen status of the infection source).
The chances of getting infected when exposed to hepatitis C infected blood is about 1.8%. (Source: CDC)
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Blood-borne Pathogens Training Frequently Asked Questions
What are blood-borne pathogens?
Blood-borne pathogens, BBPs, are microorganisms that can find their way into our bloodstream. More specifically, these microorganisms can be transferred from one person to another through blood to blood contact. To be “blood-borne” means that they are carried and transmitted by blood. The microorganisms that are being carried are the pathogens, which refers to a bacterium or virus, or other microorganisms that can cause disease. To be very specific, BBPs are microorganisms that enter our blood stream and cause life-threatening diseases.
What are common diseases caused by BBP?
There are several diseases that may be caused by blood-borne pathogens. Many of these diseases or infections may even be deadly. Some common, serious illnesses that are caused by BBPs include:
• Hepatitis A
• Hepatitis B
• Hepatitis C
Why is it important for us to be trained in BBPs?
Whether or not you think so, blood-borne pathogens can affect you in any work field. You don’t have to be a nurse or a doctor to come in contact with human blood. Accidents can happen on any worksite, whether it is dealing with a cut or scrape, or something more fatal, there are many instances in which you could come in physical contact with another person’s blood. Coming in contact with infected blood paves the way for BBPs to enter your bloodstream and give you the same illness that is present in that infected blood. It is important to be trained on BBPs and the effects of them, in order to prevent yourself and those around you from getting sick. Safety is the number one priority in any workplace, and that includes being safe from things you can’t see, as well as things you can.
How often do I need BBP training?
If you are going to be doing a job that may cause you to be exposed to blood, you need training before starting that job. Additionally, you should be trained before any other jobs that involve sharps. After your initial training, you should be trained at least annually thereafter, as well as whenever changes are made to the job site that could cause changes in potential exposure.
My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?
Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to be safely aware of the effects of blood-borne pathogens. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.
I received blood-borne pathogens training at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?
This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of job that may expose you to blood-borne pathogens. For example, if you bring a certificate or wallet card to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on all operations and blood-borne pathogens.