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How to Work Safely with Bloodborne Pathogens

If you work in health care, law enforcement, a laboratory, emergency response, a laundry, in housekeeping services, or any job in which you might offer first-aid, you could be exposed to bloodborne pathogens.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established stringent standards to protect workers and other personnel from the health hazards that could occur due to exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

At 29 CFR 1910.1030(g)(2), OSHA requires both initial and annual training for workers with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  And now, you can meet your initial and recurrent training requirements with Environmental Resource Center’s comprehensive online training program, where you will learn:

  • The scope of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard—and how it impacts your job and your site’s operations
  • The principles of epidemiology, and the symptoms of bloodborne diseases and their modes of transmission
  • What is a pathogen, and the different types of pathogens
  • Who must have an Exposure Control Plan, what must be in the plan, and your responsibilities for implementing this plan
  • How biohazards and regulated medical waste are labeled and color coded
  • Ways you can minimize your exposure to pathogens using engineering controls, work practices, and personnel protective equipment (PPE)
  • How to select the correct PPE, put it on, take it off, and what to do with contaminated PPE
  • Who should get a Hepatitis B vaccination, as well as its benefits and limitations
  • What must be done if an exposure incident occurs
  • Know when post exposure evaluations are required, and
  • Understand elements in your employer’s hazard communication program for bloodborne pathogens—including signs, labels, and other warnings


You can complete the training anytime when it's convenient for you. Interactive exercises and quizzes help you learn and retain the information that you need to know.  And, Environmental Resource Center’s Answerline™ is available at no charge for any questions you have during or after the training – for up to one year.


All of our online training modules require a web browser that supports the use of audio and video playback.  When taking the training, web browser settings such as ad-blockers and pop-up blockers should be disabled.

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