This bloodborne pathogens course is ideal for workers who are expected to make direct or indirect contact with blood and other infectious materials. All such employees are obligated to complete a coursework and certification in bloodborne pathogens – as well as other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict rules in effect to help protect the health and safety of everyday workers in various sectors. CHC Training is proud to offer a comprehensive Bloodborne Pathogens Certification course, which teaches workers how to exercise precautions for preventing the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. Students will also learn how to identify risk factors and treatment options if unwarranted contact was made.
The types of employees that need special certification and training in Bloodborne Pathogens include:
• First aid rescuers – including paramedics and EMTs
• Health care professionals – including physicians, dentists, and nurses
• Lab technicians – who handle bodily fluids every workday
• Janitorial staff – responsible for cleaning medically hazardous waste
CHC Training’s Bloodborne Pathogens course complies with the regulations and outlines of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen’s Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), and also teaches students the best ways to protect themselves from contracting bloodborne pathogens in high-risk medical environments.
There are a host of bloodborne pathogens to keep in mind when handling blood and other bodily fluids. This Bloodborne Pathogens training course pays special focus to:
- Hepatitis A, B, C Virus
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Students will learn how these viruses are most commonly transmitted, including by cut, needle sticks, abrasions, and other modes. Students will also study the types of fluids to avoid touching with bare hands, including:
- Pleural Fluid
- Synovial Fluid
- Vaginal Fluid
- Cerebrospinal Fluid
Students will also learn the requirements of OSHA’s mandated prevention plan which is broken down into five main categories. They include:
- Engineering controls – such as using correct biohazard labeling, transporting hazardous waste as outlined, and following the guidelines of the Sharp with Engineered Sharps Injury Protections (SESIP).
- Work practices – how to properly sanitize or dispose of hazardous materials, such as sharp objects and medical equipment. In addition, how to create the standard formula of bleach concentrations to be used for killing bacteria and viruses on-the-spot.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) – when it’s necessary to suit up with personal protective gear, including gloves, masks, coats, and more, including how to properly dispose of these PPEs after each use.
- Universal precautions – What fluids are thought to be at high-risk of carrying bloodborne pathogens.