Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)


To help employers provide a safe and healthful work environment for their employees and minimize the possibility of employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Expected Completion Time: 45 minutes

Requirement References:

  • 29 CFR 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens
  • 29 CFR 1910.1030 App A – Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination (Mandatory)
  • 29 CFR 1904.7 - General recording criteria
  • 29 CRS 1904.8 – Recording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries
  • CPL 02-02-069 – CPL 2-2.69 – Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
  • OSHA Fact Sheet 02/01/1993 Most frequently asked questions concerning the bloodborne pathogen standard
  • UNAIDS. AIDS Epidemic Update, December, 2003
  • Fleming, P.L. et al. HIV Prevalence in the United States, 2000. 9th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Seattle, WA, Feb. 24-28, 2002. Abstract 11
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV and AIDS – US, 1981-2001. MMWR 2001; 50:430-434
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV Prevention Strategies Plan Through 2005. January 2001.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report 2002; 14:1-40. 


  • Identify the bloodborne pathogens of most concern in the workplace.
  • Identify the requirements for an exposure control plan.
  • Identify the engineering and work practice controls used to prevent contact with, or infection from, contaminated body fluids.
  • Be able to recognize an 'at risk' occupation that would be included in a formal bloodborne Pathogen Program.
  • Identify the signs, labels, and color-coding used to warn of biohazards and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Identify how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted.
  • Identify the requirements for a sharps injury log.
  • Identify the basic precautions to prevent exposure, including the definition of Universal Precautions.
  • Identify the responsibilities of general employees when they encounter a blood spill.
  • Identify the appropriate response in the event of a potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens.