What's in the Bloodborne Pathogens Course?
Our Bloodborne 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.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 60 - 90 min.
OSHA Standards: This course meets the following OSHA 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
Why Take Our Online Bloodborne Pathogen Certification Training?
Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.
The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.
We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Why Buy Our Online BBP Certification Training?
- Complete Training: Our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
- Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on site can be expensive. That is why we developed our online curriculum to lower costs while still providing a professional training experience. (Check out our bulk pricing tiers below!)
- Records Tracking System: We offer an easy to use management system. If you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, certificates, observation guides and more! (Contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
- Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or to train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
- Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
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Bloodborne Pathogen Certification & BBP Training
Pathogens are infectious microorganisms, such as bacteria or viruses, that can cause life-threatening diseases.
- Bloodborne pathogens and needlesticks are addressed specifically within OSHA standards for the general industry.
- There are many different types of exposure paths.
- All federal and state laws coincide with OSHA standards and regulations when it comes to safety in the workplace.
What Are Bloodborne Pathogens?
Pathogens are infectious microorganisms, such as bacteria or viruses, that can cause life-threatening diseases. Similar to a parasite, these microbes can cause damage to the health and quality of life of the host. Pathogens pose a severe health risk to many employees who work in environments where they may have a higher risk of being exposed.
Depending on the characteristics of the pathogen, the disease can spread from person to person through different methods. Bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) are pathogens that can be found within the human bloodstream. In this case, they are transmitted through contact or exposure to infected blood—hence the name “bloodborne.” Other bodily fluids can potentially transmit bloodborne pathogens, this will be discussed later on.
Overall, there are only a total of about 20 types of bloodborne pathogens. Of these, three are considered the most common and are directly mentioned throughout OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standards. These three are:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Collectively, bloodborne pathogens are a threat to human lives and are a public health problem. It is estimated that approximately 3 million exposures to bloodborne pathogens occur annually in the United States. Within most work settings, bloodborne infections often occur when an employee is accidentally cut and comes into contact with the blood of an infected individual. This is called blood-to-blood contact, which will be covered later.
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
All employees have a right to a safe work environment. Because of this, bloodborne pathogens and needlesticks are addressed specifically within OSHA’s standard for the general industry. Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. These regulations and standards provide safeguards for every employee to protect themselves against health hazards related to BBPs within their workplace.
Any workplace where there is reasonable chance that an employee could be exposed to bloodborne pathogens is required to have an Exposure Control Plan. This program is for the education and training of the employees. This education will help employees recognize, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions involving exposure to infected blood.
The OSHA standard was revised to include the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. This revision requires employers to provide a safer environment for their employees who might be exposed to BBPs in the workplace. These requirements contain a great amount of detail concerning protocols for medical devices with points or edges (“sharps”).
The standards regarding BBPs also discuss issues that are vital for preventing exposure, along with procedures that are in place to help if someone is exposed to a bloodborne pathogen. A few examples of these would be:
- Work practice controls
- Hazard communication and training
Strict adherence to these regulations and guidelines will reduce the risk, minimize exposure, and help prevent bloodborne pathogens' transmission.
Universal precautions are also discussed within OSHA's BBP standard. Universal precautions state that all blood or bodily fluids should be treated as if infected. Abiding by these rules helps to prevent contracting a disease through contact or exposure to infected materials. Unfortunately, a big factor in BBP exposure is ignorance. Studies show that 80% of people who are infected with BBPs do not show any signs, which makes it difficult for the affected person to know that they have it.
Healthcare Personnel & Bloodborne Pathogens
Employees who work in the healthcare industry are the most at-risk of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens. The healthcare industry includes people who work as:
- First responders
- Medical technologists
Due to their high risk of exposure, standards require employers to make HBV vaccines available free of cost to all employees at risk of HBV exposure. Employees can decline the vaccination if they’ve been educated on the dangers of the virus. However, safety data shows that employees who accept the vaccination lower their chances of contracting HBV by 75%. Employees have a right to be safe, and the vaccine lowers the risk of contracting HBV through occupational exposure.
Types of Exposure Rating
Bloodborne pathogens are transmitted through exposure to or contact with contaminated blood. There are a few common ways this can occur within the workplace such as:
- Blood-to-blood contact
- Blood-to-mucous membrane contact
- Ingestion of contaminated areas
All of these transmission methods put employees at risk of contracting disease. It is important that employees are aware of these methods of exposure as well as ways to avoid exposure, which will be covered later on.
Blood-to-blood contact is the most common BBP exposure type in the workplace. Blood-to-blood contact occurs when infected blood comes into direct contact with the circulating blood of someone who is not infected. For example, an incident where an object with infected blood on it pierces someone else’s skin would be considered blood-to-blood contact.
Blood-to-Mucous Membrane Contact
The mucous membranes that are most likely to be exposed within a workplace would include areas such as:
Inside the nose and mouth
Blood-to-mucous membrane contact occurs when infected blood makes direct contact with one of the mucous membranes on the body of someone who is not infected.
Ingesting Contaminated Material
A third way that bloodborne pathogen transmission can occur is when contaminated material is ingested by a healthy person. This may occur when infected blood comes into direct contact with food or drink and is ingested by someone who is not infected. It can also happen when infected blood contaminates surfaces that food or drink touches later. Hepatitis B, for instance, can live up to a week on a surface. During this period of time, it can infect anyone who is exposed to it.
Other Ways of Transmission
It is important to know that, despite the fact that these are called bloodborne pathogens, they can be transmitted through more than just infected blood. Other bodily fluids could also be infected. And, when exposed to these bodily fluids, it is highly possible to contract the disease as well. A few examples of these other bodily fluids are:
- Cerebrospinal fluid
- Lung fluid
- Amniotic fluid
Bloodborne Pathogens Training & Requirements
Under OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard, employers who have employees that are at risk of being exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials must train their employees annually, regardless of any employee's prior training or education.
Receiving Your Certification
An OSHA certification is an official certificate of competency issued in accordance with the OSH Act of 1970. Certification is generally received after completion of an OSHA-compliant safety training course. For an in-depth analysis check out our article What Does it Mean to be Bloodborne Pathogen Certified?
An employee who has been hired to work with or around potentially infectious blood would be required to complete a BBPs safety training. After successfully completing the course, the employee would receive a certificate stating that they have been trained and are able to safely handle and work around potentially infectious blood and other bodily fluids.
Legal Requirements for OSHA: A Federal Body
OSHA is a federal agency that was established in 1970 by President Nixon, which means that all federal and state laws coincide with OSHA standards and regulations when it comes to safety in the workplace. Workers are entitled to a safe workplace under federal law.
Although, states are allowed to develop additional safety plans and standards so long as federal OSHA standards are also met. For more information check out our article Is Bloodborne Pathogen Training Mandatory?
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