Treating Those with Bloodborne Conditions

Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that are present in human blood and body fluids and can infect and cause disease in humans. They can be spread through contact with infected blood and body fluids, and care needs to be taken when dealing with them.

Bloodborne pathogen training is a one-hour course, which complies with the OSHA 1910.1030 standard. It teaches all employees how Bloodborne pathogens (including, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)) are spread and how to prevent exposure incidents by following the practice controls. This course is designed to complement CPR and First Aid training. Bloodborne Pathogen training is a one-year certification.

Workers in many occupations, including first aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel may be at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

What Can You Do to Control Exposure?

To reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the work place including employee protection measures. The plan must explain how an employer will use a combination of engineering and work practice controls, ensure the use of personal protective clothing and equipment, provide training , medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and signs and labels, among other provisions.

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