Duration 1 hour
Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms present in blood that are capable of causing disease in humans. Workers in certain occupations, especially those that work in healthcare, have a potential to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs), so it is important to understand the dangers of these pathogens and precautions to take to avoid exposure. In this interactive, online course, we will discuss methods to prevent or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens. We will discuss signs, labels, and color-coding of bloodborne pathogens. We will talk about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), in addition to removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of PPE. We will discuss the occupational reasons for getting Hepatitis B vaccine and how it is administered. We will review appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in case of an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials, and cover procedures to follow if an exposure incident occurs.