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Bloodborne Pathogens: HBV, HCV, and HIV

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This course meets the educational requirements for federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard training.

Workplace-specific policies, procedures, or training are the responsibility of your employer, who must also provide an opportunity for “interactive questions and answers” with a “person who is knowledgeable” about this subject.

     Tracey Long, PhD, RN, APRN
     JoAnn O’Toole, RN, BSN

Contact hours: 2
AOTA CEUs: 0.2
Expiration date: August 1, 2024
Course price: $19*

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Course Summary

Review of precautions that address the transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings. Includes safe handling of sharps, use of PPE, and decontamination of work areas, plus importance of hepatitis B vaccination for workers.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

*If you are an OT or OTA, you may need the following information for relicensure:

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.2 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Conflict of Interest / Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the hazards of bloodborne pathogens (HBV, HCV, HIV) in the transmission of certain chronic and life-threatening diseases and relate both OSHA and state laws designed to control them.
  2. Outline the actions employers are required by OSHA to take to protect their employees from bloodborne pathogens in the workplace.
  3. Explain safe handling and disposal of sharps.
  4. Compare and contrast Universal and Standard Precautions and describe other work place practices to control pathogen contamination.
  5. Review the selection and use of personal protective equipment.
  6. Summarize the required training of healthcare personnel and identify the common symbol and color of hazardous signs.
  7. Outline the OSHA requirements for housekeeping, regulated waste, soiled laundry, and vaccination against hepatitis B.
  8. Discuss the procedure for promptly reporting an exposure incident.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.