This training is designed to provide a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of their transmission, methods of prevention, and other pertinent information such as what requirements should be met in the handling and proper disposal of such materials. Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms present in blood that are capable of causing disease in humans. Workers in certain occupations, especially those that work in healthcare, have a potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens or 'Other Potentially Infectious Materials' (OPIM's), so it is important to understand the dangers of these pathogens and precautions to take to avoid exposure. We will discuss methods to prevent or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens and the signs, labels, and color-coding of bloodborne pathogens. Learn about the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the appropriate actions to take in case of an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Summary of Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Different Bloodborne Pathogen Types
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Safety and Health Risks
  • Causes and Modes of Transmission
  • Exposure Controls for Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Elements of an Effective Written Exposure Control Plan
  • Summary of 'Universal Precautions'