Bloodborne Pathogens for Healthcare Workers


The goal of this course is to assist healthcare workers minimize the possibility of exposure to blood borne pathogens.

Expected Completion Time: 20 minutes

Requirement References:

  • 29 CFR 1910.1030 Blood borne Pathogens
  • 29 CFR 1910.1030 App A – Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination (Mandatory)
  • OSHA Fact Sheet 02/01/1993. Most frequently asked questions concerning the Blood borne pathogen standard.
  • OSHA Fact Sheet 92-46 US Department of Labor, Blood borne Pathogen Final Standard: Summary of Key Provisions
  • OSHA 3128 Blood borne Pathogens and Acute Care Facilities, 1992
  • CDC Personnel Health Guidelines, Part II Recommendations for prevention of infections in healthcare personnel, June 1998. CDC: Preventing occupational HIV transmission to healthcare workers, June 1998
  • DHHS (NIOSH) Healthcare Worker Guidelines, Publication # 88-119, September 1998
  • Johns Hopkins Medical HIV Report: Volume 8, Number 2, July, 1996
  • JCAHO Proposed Revisions to Standards for Improving Organizational Performance, December 1997.


  • Describe the incidence of blood borne pathogen diseases among healthcare workers and in the population at large.
  • Identify the hazards of contact with body fluids that may contain blood borne pathogens.
  • Identify how infection control work practices and hospital engineering controls are used to prevent contact with blood borne pathogens.
  • Identify the minimum parts of an exposure control plan.
  • Identify general actions to follow in response to emergencies involving blood and how to handle exposure incidents.
  • Identify the training and record keeping requirements necessary for hospitals to meet the blood borne pathogen standards set by OSHA and JCAHO.