Avoiding Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens in California

Course Description:

The main objective of this session is to make you aware of bloodborne pathogen (BBP) hazards and the steps you can take to protect against these hazards. By the time the session is over, you will be able to identify BBP hazards in the workplace; understand disease transmission; determine your risk of exposure to BBPs in the workplace; protect yourself from exposure; respond appropriately if you are exposed to BBPs; understand the postexposure procedure; and understand your state’s stricter requirements when it comes to working with hazardous needles, recording BBP incidents, and postexposure evaluation.

Course Duration: 35 minutes

Why “Avoiding Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens in California” Matters:

Exposure to infected blood could lead to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other bloodborne diseases, such as viral hepatitis, a serious condition that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year.

Although there is no risk of getting HIV or other bloodborne diseases through casual contact with an infected coworker, direct contact with infected blood or other potentially infectious material could result in infection.

Key Points:

  • BBPs can cause fatal diseases, including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
  • Be aware of the potential for exposure to BBPs at work.
  • Become familiar with your workplace’s exposure control plan and California’s requirements for compliance.
  • Take universal precautions by assuming that all blood or bodily fluid is infected.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as a barrier between you and the source of infection, and follow safe work practices such as labeling and proper disposal of infectious material.
  • Decontaminate yourself by thoroughly washing up after potential exposure, and decontaminate any surfaces, tools, or equipment that might be exposed.
  • Report all incidents of possible exposure, and understand your postexposure evaluation rights.

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