Medic First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace – Full Course

Course Specifications:

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Course Length:

Full Course Time: Approximately 2 hours – $67.00 / per student

Course Description:


MEDIC First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace is a detailed training program in managing exposure to potentially infectious materials in the occupational setting.

This workplace-integrated bloodborne pathogen training program has been designed for those with an occupational requirement to be trained to safely handle potentially infectious material and who may be expected to complete work-related tasks that expose them to bloodborne pathogens.

The Bloodborne Pathogens training program provides the information every employee with an identified risk of occupational exposure needs to know to avoid accidental exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials and to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs.


Knowledge Objectives

Upon completion of the training program, a student will be able to:

  1. Explain the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases: 1910.1030 (g)(2)(vii)(B)
  2. Explain the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens: 1910.1030 (g)(2)(vii)(C)
  3. Explain the employer’s exposure control plan and how to obtain a copy of the written plan; 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(D)
  4. Recognize tasks and activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(E)
  5. Explain the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure to blood and other potentially infections materials, including engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(F)
  6. Describe the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(G)
  7. Explain how to select personal protective equipment. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(H)
  8. describe the efficacy, safety, and method of administration of the hepatitis B vaccine, and recognize the benefits of being vaccinated free of charge. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(I)
  9. Recognize the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(J)
  10. Explain the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the method of reporting the incident and the medical follow-up that will be made available. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(K)
  11. Describe the required post-exposure evaluation and follow-up after an exposure incident. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(L)
  12. Describe the required signs and labels and/or color coding. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(M)
  13. Recognize an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the knowledgeable person conducting the workplace training session. 1910.1030(g)(2)(vii)(N); 1910.1030(g)(2)(viii)

Skill Objectives

There are no required skill objectives for this training program.

Target Student:

The Medic First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens training program will provide students with the essential knowledge necessary to help reduce or eliminate occupational risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens,

The goal of this course is to help students understand the risks and develop behaviors that will help protect them when they are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials.


Course Content:

Lesson 1: Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace

OSHA has determined that some employees face a significant health risk as a result of occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material.

Recognition of the risk of exposure to disease through contact with human blood and other potentially infectious material is of vital importance to individuals who engage in occupational activities that require such contact.

Lesson 2: How Infection Occurs

In order for a pathogen to cause a disease or infection, there are certain conditions that must be met. This is sometimes referred to as the “chain of infection.”

  • A pathogen must be present.
  • There must be an adequate quantity of the pathogen to overwhelm the immune response.
  • There must be a suitable entry site for the pathogen to enter the body (such as a break in the skin, or the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes).
  • The person must have a susceptibility to the pathogen, such as a weakened immune system or a preexisting condition that makes a person more likely to become infected.

An understanding of the chain of infection is critical to workers who engage in activities that may cause potential exposure.

Lesson 3: Specific Blood Pathogens

Three viruses are of particular concern when considering the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) both cause serious liver disease, including cirrhosis of the iiver; liver cancer; and liver failure.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the human immune system. In some cases, HIV can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a condition that allows other diseases or infections the opportunity to progress in the body.

Lesson 4: Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens

Because some body fluids carry a risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens, it is vital to know how exposure to these pathogens occurs.

Understanding the ways pathogens are transmitted helps in developing controls to eliminate or reduce risk.

Lesson 5: Your Employer’s Exposure Control Plan

The goal of an Exposure Control Plan is to eliminate or minimize risks from employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

The plan covers key elements, such as identifying employees whose jobs have potential for occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material, how to minimize the risk of exposure, and how to deal with exposures if they occur.

Lesson 6: Recognizing the Potential for Exposure

It is important for both the employer and the employee to recognize the potential for exposure in performing certain job-related tasks and procedures.

Recognizing the potential for occupation exposure is the first step in developing methods for reducing or eliminating exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Lesson 7: Methods to Control the Risk of Exposure

“Standard Precautions” advocates that everyone’s blood and body fluids be considered potentially infectious.

Identifying the following methods for controlling occupational risk or exposure to potentially infectious materials is an essential part of reducing or eliminating that risk.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires the use of Engineering Controls and Work Practice Controls to achieve this goal.

Lesson 8: Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Using specialized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) designed to prevent potentially infectious materials from reaching skin, eyes, nose, mouth, or clothing can greatly reduce the risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Lesson 9: Hepatitis B Immunization

The Hepatitis B immunization is an important part of reducing the risk of occupational exposure to potentially infectious materials.

Both employer and employee have rights and obligations concerning the HBV vaccine.

Lesson 10: If an Exposure Occurs

If an exposure occurs, it is critical that the exposed employee accomplishes immediate self-care and reports the incident as soon as possible.

Lesson 11: Housekeeping

Housekeeping regulations are an essential part of reducing the risk of occupational exposure.

OSHA defers to state laws regarding the procedures for labeling, containing, and handling regulated waste.

Lesson 12: Communicating a Hazard in the Workplace

Communicating hazards from occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material keeps exposure risk to a minimum in the occupational setting.

Warning labels and employee training are the primary methods of hazard communication.