OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Training


The following OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Training educates healthcare providers (HCP) on how to protect themselves and others from bloodborne pathogen exposure and the regulations designed to protect occupationally exposed workers. Additionally, this course is an essential component for occupational safety for workers across various sectors who may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) in their workplace. Furthermore, understanding and adhering to the OSHA standards not only ensures compliance with federal regulations but also significantly reduces the health risks associated with exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

What you will learn:

  • Common bloodborne pathogens and methods of transmission
  • The nature and frequency of blood contact as a method of exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Tools healthcare professionals can use to protect themselves from bloodborne infections
  • Elements of the bloodborne pathogen standard


Course length: 30 minutes. CME: 0.5

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

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Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens: Risks and Implications

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in human blood and other bodily fluids that can cause severe diseases in humans. Moreover, Hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are types of bloodborne pathogens.

Overview of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

OSHA designed a critical regulation to protect workers from the health risks associated with exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Also, this standard requires employers to implement an exposure control plan and use a combination of personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering controls, and work practice controls to minimize employee exposure. Likewise, key elements of the standard include proper identification and labeling of biohazard materials, implementation of universal precautions (assuming that all blood and OPIM are potentially infectious), and providing training and hepatitis B vaccinations to employees at risk of exposure. However, the standard also mandates that after an exposure incident, there must be a follow-up to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the exposures and to ensure appropriate medical evaluation and treatment. 

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