If you work in a profession (Healthcare & Laboratory Workers) where contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMS) is a possibility, you need to learn how to protect yourself. Bloodborne Pathogens Training is an OSHA mandated training program for any person who may be “reasonably anticipated” to come in contact with blood and OPIMS as a result of performing their job duties.
Following occupations are considered to be at a high risk for BBPs. Healthcare & Laboratory Workers: Employees trained to provide first aid/CPR, Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Dental and other Healthcare aides, Researchers, Laboratory Technicians, Home Health Workers, Phlebotomists, Housekeepers and Janitors.
School & Daycare Center Personnel: School Nurse, First Responders/CPR trained, Secretaries/Office Staff (If they perform first aid), Special Education Staff, Physical Education Staff, Coaches and Personal Trainers, Playground Supervisors, Custodial Staff, Bus Drivers, and Preschool Staff.
Others: General workplace, Plumbers and Electricians, Doulas & Professionals in Placenta Encapsulation, and Nail & Spa Professionals.
OSHA bloodborne pathogens training for Healthcare & Laboratory Workers (standard 29 CFR 1910.1030) to meet the following objectives.
- How to access a copy of the regulatory standard and an explanation of its contents.
- Have a general understanding of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases.
- Be able to relate the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
- Be familiar with company’s ECP and know how to acquire a copy of the written plan.
- Identify / recognize tasks and other activities that may involve exposure to blood and OPIMs.
- Understand the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure including appropriate engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment.
- Identify the types, proper use, location, removal, handling decontamination, and disposal of PPE.
- Select the appropriate PPE for assigned activities.
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- Steps to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving human blood or OPIMs.
- 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.
- Post-exposure evaluation and follow up that the employer is required to provide to the employee following an exposure incident.
- Identify the signs and labels and/or color coding required by this rule.
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