You may have been asked to enroll in a Bloodborne pathogens certification or bloodborne pathogens training course for your job, and want to know what to expect in such training.
Bloodborne pathogens are amongst one of the hardest to control from spreading, even in healthcare facilities. It is estimated that 20 million people globally acquire HBV infections from medical injections deemed unsafe. Large outbreaks can result in thousands of people requiring testing for hepatitis. The greatest risk lies with health care professionals and related occupations (first responders, nurses, etc).
There is always remains risk to employees in all industries, particularly if they are exposed to another colleague’s blood. A single paper cut can pose such a risk. There are a number of steps you can take to remain safe if such a situation presents itself in the workplace. (more…)
Knowing in advance all that you can learn about bloodborne pathogens and how the improper handling of same can be dangerous to your personal health is your first defense in being protected. Also, have a clear understanding that your employer is required by state/provincial law to provide each employee with the proper protective gear and education as part of their adherence to the OSHA standards. Consider taking additional courses offered at Universities on certification with Bloodborne pathogens to add an extra layer of self-protection and proactiveness.