What you are going to learn
This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention regulations.
Human blood can contain dangerous and potentially fatal germs called bloodborne pathogens. For example, Hepatitis B (HBV), HIV, and many other pathogens can be transmitted through contact with someone else's blood, as well as other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Safety training can prevent accidental exposure.
Who This Course is For
This course is for:
Bloodborne pathogen training is required for all workers who may be subject to "occupational exposure" to blood or OPIM. OSHA defines occupational exposure 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."
This definition encompasses many professionals who may come into contact with bloodborne pathogens: tattoo artists, healthcare workers, phlebotomists, narcotics enforcement officers, and many others.
🔉Consequences For Not Training?
Case Study: A study was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH of a national drugstore chain. The study found that pharmacists who administered vaccinations were most likely to obtain a needlestick injury during flu season. Over the course of the 11-year study, a total of 33 needlestick injuries occurred at 31 different pharmacies. In general, the injuries occurred after the vaccination but prior to the disposal of the needle. While the number of needlesticks averaged less than those of a hospital setting, the researchers also believe that the number of injuries were underreported.
Key Takeaways: It is believed that most, if not all, of the reported injuries could have been prevented if the pharmacists had used safer work practices, such as engineering and work controls, as well as general precautions. When exposed to potential bloodborne pathogens, it is always important to follow all safety rules.
In the United States, bloodborne pathogen training is required under both the OSHA Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act and 29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2).
What You'll Learn
Introduction to OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- Key Terms
- Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
- Requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- 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
- Communicating Hazards and Labeling
- Exposure Control Plan
- Elements of an Exposure Control Plan
- 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
- Procedures for Exposure Incident
- Post-Exposure Evaluation
How long is this course and how long do I have to complete it?
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
How often is retraining or recertification required?
Employers must provide training at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place. Annual recertification training must be provided within one year of each worker's previous training. This online training course can be scheduled accordingly.
We will notify you twenty-one days before before retraining is required.
Continuing education credits?
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
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