Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, that are transmitted via bodily fluids and lead to diseases in humans. There are many different bloodborne pathogens, but the most well known are syphilis, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). While you may not consider bloodborne pathogens as typical workplace hazards, these viruses can be passed between any individuals through cuts, needlesticks, or other injuries. Fortunately, bloodborne pathogens can be eliminated through proper training, workplace design, and personal protective equipment (PPE). In this course, we’ll walk you through the information you need to be prevent and eliminate exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
This course is presented in four chapters:
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Bloodborne Pathogens
Chapter 2: Transmission and Exposure Prevention
Chapter 3: Handling Sharps and Biohazardous Materials
Avoiding bloodborne pathogens requires knowledge regarding the common types, prevention methods, and clean-up procedures to eliminate the possibility of accidental contraction. By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Define bloodborne pathogens
Recognize common infections and their symptoms
Identify bloodborne pathogens in the workplace
Explain how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted
Identify engineering and administrative controls are used to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens
Explain emergency response procedures in the event of exposure
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 60 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.