What are bloodborne pathogens?
A pathogen is something that causes disease. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microscopic organisms in human blood that can cause disease.
What are some of the known bloodborne pathogens?
Although there are many known BBPs, three of the most common bloodborne pathogens in the workplace are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).
Who should take this course?
This course is for anyone who is at risk of exposure to blood or other bodily fluids while in the workplace. It teaches employees how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what course of action should be taken should exposure occur.
What does this course teach?
In the Bloodborne Pathogens Course, we use the acronym PACT. Students will learn how to:
- Protect themselves from blood or blood-containing materials
- Act quickly and safely
- Clean the area that has blood or blood-containing materials
- Tell their supervisor about the incident and complete required safety documents what course of action should be taken should exposure occur.
How are bloodborne pathogens spread?
A person can become infected when blood or body fluid from and infected individual enters their body. This can happen from needles, human bites, cuts, abrasions or mucous membranes. However, transmission can occur with other body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions and saliva.
Is the Bloodborne Pathogens Course OSHA compliant?
The AHA Heartsaver® Bloodborne Pathogen Course meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements when used with site-specific training. Please contact your Safety Department for a copy of your company’s exposure control plan.
How often do I need to take bloodborne pathogens training?
In order to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, you must take a bloodborne pathogens course every year. Please check with your Safety Department for site-specific training requirements.
What is an engineering control?
Engineering controls are put in place to remove hazardous conditions or create a barrier between the worker and the hazard. In Bloodborne Pathogens Training, we discuss intravenous needles with a protective mechanism that automatically covers the needle after use. It is designed to protect workers from contact with BBPs.
What is OSHA Form 300?
OSHA Form 300 is a log of work-related injuries that your employer may be required to maintain. Your employer must keep employee medical records or injuries from sharps confidential to protect everyone’s privacy.
How do I receive a Bloodborne Pathogens Course Participation Card?
In order to receive a BBP Course Participation Card, students must attend the entire course. Students may also be required by their employer to pass a written exam. The Participation Card is located on the back of the Student Workbook and we provide an additional Certificate of Participation.