Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) – General

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) – General

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) – General

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) - General

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Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are infectious microorganisms which are present in human blood and can cause and spread disease in humans. Workers in numerous occupations, including healthcare personnel, may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The CDC estimates that 5.6 million employees working in health care and related occupations are at risk for occupational exposure to BBPs. This course will help you understand how to protect yourself, and others, from occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This includes topics such as learning about common bloodborne pathogens, routes of exposure, best practices and standards for avoiding exposure to bloodborne pathogens, proper sharps disposal, methods for compliance for OSHA and other standards, and incident reporting in case of an exposure. With proper training and preparation, employees and employers can minimize risk of BBP exposure at work. This training is required by The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, for certain types of job duties that are at risk for exposure.


60 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-04-07Updated 2020-04-07

Course Objectives

  • Define and identify common bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious material.
  • Identify potential sources of infection, including bodily fluids associated with the spread of bloodborne pathogens.
  • Recognize workplace hazards associated with the spread of bloodborne pathogens.
  • Recall and describe the components of an Exposure Control Plan, including incident reporting.
  • Describe the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and identify situations and environments in which PPE is required.
  • Explain employee and employer responsibilities with respect to preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens.

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