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Modules: 11
Hours: 2
Sectors: General Industry

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Course 655 - Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace

Key Topics

  • What are Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Specific Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hepatitis B Immunization
  • Employer's Exposure Control Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Response to Exposure
  • Recognizing the Potential for Exposure
  • Methods to Control the Risk of Exposure
  • Communicating Hazards

Target Audience

  • Employee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Why do I need to learn about the risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens?

OSHA estimates more than 5.6 million workers are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. All occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) place workers at risk for infection with bloodborne pathogens.

Workers in many different occupations are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. First aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some settings, nurses and other healthcare providers are examples of workers who may be at risk of exposure.

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Course 655 Final Exam

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Take the Final Exam


1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.

2. Hepatitis B Foundation. (2018). Hepatitis B Fast Facts.

3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). About HIV/AIDS.

4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Hepatitis B Questions and Answers for the Public.

5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Statistics and Surveillance.

6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Basic Statistics.

7. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Occupational HIV Transmission and Prevention Among Health Care Workers.

8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). The ABCs of Hepatitis.

9. World Health Organization. (2017). Hepatitis C.

10. World Health Organization. (2014). Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Infection.

11. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (1999). Preventing Needlestick Injuries in Healthcare Settings.

12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Hepatitis B Vaccine.

13. National Vaccine Information Center. (2016). How Effective is Hepatitis B Vaccine?

14. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2011). Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Incidents.

Additional Resources

  • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Page, OSHA
  • Frequently Asked Questions Page, OSHA
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Fact Sheet, OSHA
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Model Programs, OSHA
  • Preventing Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, CDC
  • Bloodborne Pathogens eTool, CDC
  • Revisions to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, OSHA
  • Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens