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CAUTION!

If you are stuck by a needle or other sharp or get blood or other potentially infectious materials in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on broken skin, immediately flood the exposed area with water and clean any wound with soap and water or a skin disinfectant if available. Report this immediately to your employer and seek immediate medical attention.

CDC: Emergency Needlestick Information also provides immediate access to treatment protocols following blood exposures involving HIV, HBV and HCV, including the Clinicians’ Post Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline) at 1-888-448-4911.

In Focus: Ebola

Ebola virus

Frederick A. Murphy/CDC

OSHA’s Ebola webpage provides a comprehensive source of information for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus.

Highlights

  • Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Quick Reference Guide to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Comparison of Universal Precautions, Standard Precautions, and Transmission-based Precautions
  • FDA, NIOSH and OSHA Joint Safety Communication on Blunt-Tip Surgical Suture Needles .
    (May 30, 2012).

Related Topics

  • Dentistry
  • Healthcare
  • Medical and First Aid
  • Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities

What are bloodborne pathogens?

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other
sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne
pathogens.

What can be done to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens?

In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite with details on employee protection measures. The plan must also describe how an employer
will use engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and other provisions as required by OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard ( 29 CFR 1910.1030 ). Engineering controls are the primary means of eliminating or minimizing employee exposure and include the use of safer medical devices, such as needleless devices, shielded needle devices, and plastic
capillary tubes.

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Highlights directives and letters of interpretation related to bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that aid in recognizing workplace hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens.

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Evaluating and Controlling Exposure

Provides information for evaluating and controlling bloodborne pathogens and needlestick hazards.

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Bloodborne pathogens and needlesticks are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry.

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CAUTION!

If you are stuck by a needle or other sharp or get blood or other potentially infectious materials in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on broken skin, immediately flood the exposed area with water and clean any wound with soap and water or a skin disinfectant if available. Report this immediately to your employer and seek immediate medical attention.

CDC: Emergency Needlestick Information also provides immediate access to treatment protocols following blood exposures involving HIV, HBV and HCV, including the Clinicians’ Post Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline) at 1-888-448-4911.

In Focus: Ebola

Ebola virus

Frederick A. Murphy/CDC

OSHA’s Ebola webpage provides a comprehensive source of information for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus.

Highlights

  • Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Quick Reference Guide to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Comparison of Universal Precautions, Standard Precautions, and Transmission-based Precautions
  • FDA, NIOSH and OSHA Joint Safety Communication on Blunt-Tip Surgical Suture Needles .
    (May 30, 2012).

Related Topics

  • Dentistry
  • Healthcare
  • Medical and First Aid
  • Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities

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What is Bloodborne Pathogen Training?

In the United States, the government agency responsible for worker safety is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration otherwise known as OSHA.

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard is a federal OSHA regulation
(29 CFR 1910.1030) that prescribes safeguards to protect workers against the health hazards from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, and to reduce their risk from this exposure. Example health hazards include but are not limited to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Malaria, Brucellosis, Syphilis, West Nile Virus, etc.

BloodbornePathogenTraining.com has been in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen compliance space for over 8+ years and offers a full range of OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen compliance products from training and certification for an
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Who Needs to Comply with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens?

Anyone who could be “reasonably anticipated” to face regular exposure to blood or OPIM (other potentially infectious materials) as a result of performing their job duties.

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  • Cleaning and Janitorial Staff

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  • Tattoo and Permanent Makeup Artists

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Bloodborne Pathogens for Organizations

Bloodborne Pathogen Compliance for Organizations

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen compliance for an organization revolves around protecting your workforce from the health hazards around exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standards require that employers provide an annual awareness training to employees that have regular exposure to blood or other potentially infection materials (OPIM), have an exposure control plan to prevent and handle exposure incidents, and establish work practice and engineering controls to minimize potential exposure.

What is involved in becoming Bloodborne Pathogen compliant?

There are 3 parts to BBP compliance for an organization:

  • 1. Providing a Bloodborne Pathogen awareness training annually to all employees of the organization that have regular exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) as part of their job function
  • 2. Implementing required OSHA BBP documents and safety controls for the organization to protect workers from exposure
  • 3. Training of a compliance officer (someone in the organization that is going to take responsibility for Bloodborne Pathogens safety at your organization)

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Part 1 is handled through our organizational training which allows you to roll out training to your employees as a self paced online training that they can each take at their own schedule. Our system trains, tests,
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Parts 2 and 3 are handled by our compliance documentation kit. At the same time your designated compliance officer is implementing the required documents, we are also training them through a “hands on learn by doing” approach. The theory behind our method is if your compliance officer built it, they will
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