BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

This instructor-led, classroom course is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens. The course is aimed at helping students understand the risks and develop behaviors that will help protect them in the event of an exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology and symptoms of blood-borne diseases
  • Explain the modes of transmission of blood-borne pathogens
  • Explain the importance of creating an Exposure Control Plan within the work environment
  • Recognize tasks and activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials
  • Explain the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, including engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment
  • Describe the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of personal protective equipment
  • Describe the efficacy, safety and method of demonstration of Hepatitis B vaccine, and recognize vaccine benefits
  • Implement an Exposure Control Plan in the event of an exposure incident, including the appropriate method of incident reporting and medical follow-up
  • Describe the required post-exposure evaluation and follow-up after an exposure incident

Course certification requires successful passing of written exam. Certification is valid for 2 years.