Our Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens training program is designed for people exposed to human blood, blood by-products or other potentially infectious materials during their job duties. Topics of instruction include:
- Introduction to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) - Identification of Bloodborne Pathogens - Methods of Preventing Infection from Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens
If there's any chance you might come in contact with blood, you're at risk for contracting Hepatitis B or C, or HIV. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard provides guidelines for reducing that risk. And the National Safety Council's Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens program shows you how to comply. Our program meets OSHA requirements for Bloodborne Pathogens training. It explains how disease is transmitted, and how to control exposure through a four-way approach: work practice controls, engineering controls, universal precautions, and personal protective clothing and equipment. It also offers information on tuberculosis. OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employers to safeguard employees who face potential occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
Employees such as first responders (police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals), dentists and dental hygienists, lab workers, and others face a significant health risk as a result of occupational exposure to blood and OPIM because they may contain bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens commonly found in the U.S. include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This course is designed for: Individuals who may come in contact with infectious materials and environments as part of their job - first responders (police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals), dentists, dental hygienists, health care professionals, lab technicians, and anyone else that may encounter blood or other infectious materials as a part of their job.
Course length: 2 hours
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (Training Requirements)
Employers shall provide additional training when changes such as modification of tasks or procedures or institution of new tasks or procedures affect the employee's occupational exposure. The additional training may be limited to addressing the new exposures created.
Material appropriate in content and vocabulary to educational level, literacy, and language of employees shall be used.
The training program shall contain at a minimum the following elements:
An accessible copy of the regulatory text of this standard and an explanation of its contents;
A general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases;
An explanation of the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens;
An explanation of the employer's exposure control plan and the means by which the employee can obtain a copy of the written plan;
Information on the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of personal protective equipment;
An explanation of the basis for selection of personal protective equipment;
Information on the hepatitis B vaccine, including information on its efficacy, safety, method of administration, the benefits of being vaccinated, and that the vaccine and vaccination will be offered free of charge;
Information on the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials;
An explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the method of reporting the incident and the medical follow-up that will be made available;
Information on the post-exposure evaluation and follow-up that the employer is required to provide for the employee following an exposure incident;
The person conducting the training shall be knowledgeable in the subject matter covered by the elements contained in the training program as it relates to the workplace that the training will address.
Additional Initial Training for Employees in HIV and HBV Laboratories and Production Facilities. Employees in HIV or HBV research laboratories and HIV or HBV production facilities shall receive the following initial training in addition to the above training requirements.
The employer shall assure that employees demonstrate proficiency in standard microbiological practices and techniques and in the practices and operations specific to the facility before being allowed to work with HIV or HBV.
The employer shall assure that employees have prior experience in the handling of human pathogens or tissue cultures before working with HIV or HBV.
The employer shall provide a training program to employees who have no prior experience in handling human pathogens. Initial work activities shall not include the handling of infectious agents. A progression of work activities shall be assigned as techniques are learned and proficiency is developed. The employer shall assure that employees participate in work activities involving infectious agents only after proficiency has been demonstrated.