UW Research

Required Training

Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Researchers

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).

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