OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Prevention

This course presents an overview of the U.S. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, including the history and creation of the standard and its updates.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Occupations with Risk Exposure
  • Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Precautions, Controls, and Guidelines
  • Exposure Occurrence

Course Description

This course presents an overview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, including an explanation of the history and creation of the standard and its updates. It also discusses some of the scenarios in which a person might sustain a needlestick injury, the potential pathogens one may be exposed to in the workplace, and ways to prevent and respond to a potential injury.

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Prevention Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Prevention Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

  • Key Terms
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
  • Requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Ways Bloodborne Pathogens are Transmitted
  • Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Symptoms and Stages of HIV
  • Treatment for HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • HBV Signs and Symptoms
  • HBV Treatment
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • HCV Treatment

Occupations with Risk Exposure

  • Body Art
  • Correctional Department Workers
  • First Responders
  • Maintenance and Waste Workers

Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities

  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Training
  • Communicating Hazards and Labeling
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Elements of an Exposure Control Plan
  • Housekeeping
  • Sharps Injury Log
  • Record Keeping

Precautions, Controls, and Guidelines

  • Universal Precautions
  • Engineering and Work Practice Controls
  • Needleless Systems and Engineered Sharp Protection
  • General Safety Practice Review
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Available PPE
  • Laundering PPE per the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Removal of PPE

Exposure Occurrence

  • Procedures for Exposure Incident
  • Post-Exposure Evaluation

Summary

Additional Resources

Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

All employees who have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Occupational exposure is defined by OSHA as “reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or OPIM that may result from the performance of the employee’s duties.”

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The length of time for which the training is valid is determined by OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens:

(g)(2)(ii)
Training shall be provided as follows:

(g)(2)(ii)(A)
At the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place;

(g)(2)(ii)(B)
Within 90 days after the effective date of the standard; and

(g)(2)(ii)(C)
At least annually thereafter.

(g)(2)(iii)
For employees who have received training on bloodborne pathogens in the year preceding the effective date of the standard, only training with respect to the provisions of the standard which were not included need be provided.

(g)(2)(iv)
Annual training for all employees shall be provided within one year of their previous training.
We will automatically notify you when retraining is required.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens and revisions to 1910.1030 as a result of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act Standards.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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