This online course will teach you about the hazards of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace. You will be taught about how to identify major bloodborne diseases and symptoms, how pathogens are transmitted, the basics of exposure prevention, and incident response and cleanup. The course reviews epidemiology, sharps management, cleanup of blood spills, proper personal protective equipment to prevent infection, proper disposal, and information regarding the Hepatitis B Vaccine form.
Who is required to take this training?
Employees with reasonably anticipated potential for exposure to human blood, blood by-products, human tissue, and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM).
Summary of the requirement
Washington state and federal law requires the University of Washington to protect employees from occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) that may contain bloodborne pathogens. Occupational exposure means any reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or OPIM that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties. Examples of bloodborne pathogens are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HBV).
Related policies and regulations
- UW APS 12.3 Review of Research Projects Involving Biological Hazards and Recombinant DNA
- NIH Grants Policy Statement October 2010, Part II, Subpart A, section 4.1.12 Health and Safety Regulations
- Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, CDC and NIH, HHS
- UW Biosafety Manual: Appendix A – Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
- Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-823 Bloodborne Pathogens