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Why Bloodborne Pathogens Certification is Essential in the Workplace

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For some professions, bloodborne pathogens certification is mandatory under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Regular refresher training is also required and many workplaces must have controls and policies to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Even when OSHA regulations don’t apply to a particular place of work, employers may still consider training as part of their overall workplace safety and employee protection policies.

What is Bloodborne Pathogens Certification?

Bloodborne pathogens certification means that an individual has received important training and has successfully completed a test to show they understand all relevant issues.

What Does Bloodborne Pathogens Training Include?

HIPAA Exams’ online training course on bloodborne pathogens covers everything an employee needs to understand in order to minimize risks of contracting or spreading bloodborne germs at work.

The course explains in detail what bloodborne pathogens means. In short, it refers to disease-causing organisms that are spread through blood or other potentially infectious material, for example bodily fluids that contain blood and human tissue.

Training details the main types of bloodborne pathogens, namely hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, and explains how transmission occurs.

Trainees will understand the main ways to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the correct disposal of needles and other contaminated waste.

The course covers standards as set out by OSHA and details the concepts of Universal and Standard Precautions.

Training provides comprehensive instruction of actions to take if an employee is exposed to blood or other potentially infectious material.

Why is Bloodborne Pathogens Training Important for Workplace Safety?

Despite many ways to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens at work, research indicates that many workers are still exposed to potentially infected material every year.

It is vital that employees understand the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, both for their own safety and for that of their colleagues.

Bloodborne pathogens training shows employees exactly what they need to do to prevent transmission and it ensures that they understand safe working practices.

It is also essential that people understand exactly what to do if they or a colleague is exposed to potentially infectious material while at work. This involves not only the practical steps of, for example, thoroughly cleaning the affected area, but also following up with medical advice and correctly recording and reporting the incident.

Many employees may dismiss risks, believing that they are only issues for medical staff or others who come into direct contact with blood. However, there are many possible workers that could face risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, including housekeeping staff, waste removal workers, laboratory staff and tattoo artists. Training ensures that people fully understand the implications for their field of work.

Furthermore, as well as protecting staff, organizations could actually break the law if they do not provide adequate safety training for employees.

Why HIPAA Exams?

HIPAA Exams’ bloodborne pathogens certification includes an IACET accredited course that can be completed online at any time. Most users complete the course in an hour and there is an exam at the end.

Protect your staff, ensure safety in your workplace and arrange bloodborne pathogens training with HIPAA Exams.

 

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