Bloodborne Pathogen

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Course Overview

The Bloodborne Pathogen training is designed to protect staff from health hazards associated with exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). The primary goal is to educate staff on how to reduce or eliminate the risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as HIV, HBV, and HCV, which can lead to serious diseases. Here’s an overview of what the Bloodborne Pathogen training will cover:

  1. Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens:
    • Definition and identification of bloodborne pathogens.
    • Types of bloodborne diseases (e.g., Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV)).
  2. Modes of Transmission:
    • How bloodborne pathogens are transmitted in occupational settings.
    • Common routes of exposure, including needlesticks, cuts from contaminated objects, and contact with mucous membranes or broken skin.
  3. Exposure Control Plan (ECP):
    • Explanation of the organization’s ECP.
    • Details on how the ECP is implemented and maintained.
    • Procedures for evaluating the circumstances surrounding exposure incidents.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Types of PPE (e.g., gloves, gowns, face shields) and their proper use.
    • Guidelines on when and how to use PPE effectively.
    • Procedures for properly removing, handling, and disposing of PPE.
  5. Engineering and Work Practice Controls:
    • Use of devices like sharps disposal containers and safer medical devices (e.g., needleless systems).
    • Implementation of work practices that reduce the likelihood of exposure (e.g., hand hygiene, no recapping of needles).
  6. Hygiene Practices:
    • Importance of proper handwashing techniques.
    • Use of antiseptic hand cleansers and proper hand hygiene when soap and water are not available.
  7. Hepatitis B Vaccination:
    • Information on the efficacy, safety, and benefits of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
    • Policies regarding the availability and administration of the vaccine to employees at risk.
  8. Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-Up:
    • Immediate actions to take following an exposure incident.
    • Medical evaluation and follow-up procedures.
    • Documentation and reporting requirements for exposure incidents.
  9. Emergency Procedures:
    • Steps to take in the event of an emergency involving blood or OPIM.
    • How to clean and disinfect contaminated areas safely.
  10. Signs and Labels:
    • Importance of using biohazard labels and signs to identify potential hazards.
    • Understanding the color-coding and symbols used for biohazards.
  11. Training Requirements:
    • Frequency of training (initial training upon assignment and annual refresher training).
    • Documentation and record-keeping of training sessions.

The Bloodborne pathogen training is essential for maintaining workplace safety and health standards, and it plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases in occupational settings.

Course Content

  • Lessons 1
  • Enrolled 2
  • Language English
  • Skill Beginner
  • Last Update June 23, 2024