Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Helps meet OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Teach employees how bloodborne pathogens are spread and how to help prevent exposure incidents by following work practice controls. Topics include engineering controls, personal protective equipment, personal hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting equipment and supplies, and recognizing, reporting and following up on employee exposures to infectious materials.
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Work practice controls alter the way in which a task is performed. For the purposes of this section, work practice controls include:
- Hands, face and other exposed skin are thoroughly washed with soap and water immediately or as soon as possible upon removal of gloves and other personal protection equipment, regardless if there was contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
- Immediately or as soon as possible after contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, hands, face or and other skin should be washed with soap and tepid water for at least 15 minutes. Deluge mucous membranes with water.
- In the event suitable washing facilities are not available, waterless soap or antiseptic towelettes should be used to cleanse hands, face, or any other skin that may have been exposed to blood or other potentially infecious materials. This should be followed by thoroughly washing the affected skin with soap and water once these facilities become available.
- Sharps used during the treatment of a patient should be placed in a suitable rigid, leakproof, shatter-proof container immediately on completion of use.
- Needlesless systems should replace needle devices wherever possible.
- Safe needle devices should replace traditional devices
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is considered appropriate if it does not allow blood or other protentially infectious materials to pass through or reach an employees work clothes, street clothes, under garments, skin, eyes, mouth, or mucous membranes under normal conditions or use. Appropriate PPE includes, but is not limited to, impervious gloves, gowns and lab coats, eye protection, face shields or masks, and respiratory protection. PPE is to be used when there is any possibility of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.