OHSA Bloodborne pathogen standard primer

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard Primer focuses on preventing the spread of infectious diseases by managing the chain of infection and handling biohazardous materials safely. This class sets guidelines for employers and employees on safe practices when dealing with potentially infectious materials. The standard covers biosafety levels, personal protective equipment, waste management, and disinfection procedures. Additionally, this primer explains the OSHA Emergency Response Procedures, including spill protocols, emergency response plans, and incident follow-up, which are crucial for worker safety. Compliance documents such as a biosafety manual and exposure control plan are also reviewed. Register today and become compliant with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard!

Section 1: Biosafety Basics

Explore the critical chain of infection and understand how biohazardous materials, human body fluids, infectious clinical specimens, infected animals, contaminated surfaces or equipment, and sharps play key roles in infection transmission.

Section 2: OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Discover the essential coverage and requirements related to occupational risk, handling potentially infectious materials, and dealing with pathogens like HIV, HBV, and HCV. Learn about universal precautions, biosafety levels, safe work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety in various work environments.

Section 3: OSHA Work Practices

Explore the critical aspects of hand hygiene, dealing with splashes, aerosols, and the use of biohazard labels. Learn about biological safety cabinets (BSCs), proper handling of waste streams, labeling and shipping of hazardous materials, and effective disinfectant practices to maintain a safe laboratory environment.

Section 4: OSHA Emergency Response Procedures

Discover essential procedures for handling spills, emergency responses, and follow-up incidents in accordance with SOPs. Understand the importance of maintaining necessary documents, including compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, biosafety manuals, exposure control plans, waste management plans, biological safety cabinet SOPs, emergency plans, annual training records, employee medical records, vaccination records, and sharps injury reports.

Five Takeaways


  1. Identify common bloodborne biohazardous materials in the laboratory, clinical setting, and manufacturing facility.
  2. Explain in detail the biosafety responsibilities and expectations of employers and employees as stated by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.
  3. State the standard operating procedures for common microbiological work practices to avoid infections.
  4. List the necessary documents required by a facility handling bloodborne pathogens and discuss the purpose of each.
  5. Paraphrase the special considerations for sharps and various waste streams outlined by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.

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