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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Online Training Certification Course

Title 8 CCR, Section 5193

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This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, for bloodborne pathogen training in the state of California.

Human blood can contain dangerous and potentially fatal germs called bloodborne pathogens. For example, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and many other pathogens can be transmitted through contact with someone else's blood. In addition, contact with bodily fluid also risks exposure to other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Safety training can prevent accidental exposure.

This course is for:
Bloodborne pathogen training is required for all workers who may be subject to "occupational exposure" to blood or OPIM. Occupational exposure is defined as "reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or OPIM that may result from the performance of the employee's duties."

This definition encompasses many professionals who may come into contact with bloodborne pathogens. Workers in the medical field are most at risk of exposure to these pathogens, but workers in other fields such as body art, law enforcement, and hazardous materials processing are also at risk. Employees in the construction industry are specifically exempted from this regulation; however, all employers have a responsibility to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens per California's regulations.

Case Study: A physician working in an HIV clinic was drawing blood from a patient one day. The clinic did not have any sharps disposal containers, so when the physician had finished drawing the blood, she simply recapped the needle and placed it on the countertop. Later, though, the physician was sorting lab materials from waste materials. During sorting, the cap fell off of the needle, and the needle penetrated her index finger. She soon tested positive for HIV.

Key Takeaways: If the employer at this clinic had ensured that every room contained proper sharps disposal containers, this infection could have been avoided. 8 CCR 5193 requires employers to plan, schedule, and implement engineering controls, such as disposal containers, as the first line of defense against bloodborne pathogen exposure in the workplace.

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Governing Regulations

In the state of California, bloodborne pathogen certification is required under Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 5193. This online training course will focus on Cal/OSHA regulations for bloodborne pathogens training certificate requirements rather than the federal regulations.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Key Terms
  • High-risk Jobs
  • Other Potentially Infectious Materials
  • Major Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Major Causes of Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Sharps Injury Statistics
  • Applicable Regulations
    Bloodborne Pathogens
  • The Three Main Pathogens-HBV, HCV, and HIV
  • HBV
  • HCV
  • HIV
    Employer Responsibilities
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Sharps Injury Log
  • Training
    Engineering and Work Practice Controls
  • Needleless Systems
  • Needle Devices
  • Exceptions
  • Recommendations
  • Selecting and Evaluating Engineered Sharp Protection
  • Prohibited Practices
  • Handling Contaminated Sharps
  • Handling Other Waste
  • Handling Specimens and Contaminated Equipment
  • Cleaning and Decontaminating the Workplace
  • Hygiene
  • Laundry
    Other Safety Measures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Gloves
  • Other Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiration Devices
  • Labels
    Research Laboratories and Production Facilities
  • General Practices
  • Training Requirements
  • Production Facilities
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers must provide training at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place. Annual recertification training must be provided within one year of each worker's previous training. This bloodborne pathogens online training course can be scheduled accordingly.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

A very concise course. Thank you

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very positive this training to acquire knowledge and apply it to our day

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Easy to understand.

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Informative very helpful

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

The case studies were very helpful in understanding the material.

Sarah P Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

This course is full of information that researchers use and come across in their daily lives. It is beneficial to follow the guidelines mentioned in this training to perform practices safely and smartly. Overall, This course enhances the laboratory experience that each researchers/co-worker/scientist/analyst, etc., has.

Kendra J Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

I think the course was awesome and well put together

Ian R Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Great test so much knowledge in a little bit of reading and testing.

Gabby G Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Overall a great course it was easy to get through and I’m satisfied with my certificate!

Matthew M Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Great informational course to take when learning about blood borne pathogens and how to stay protected against them

Andres B Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Very informative and very well-articulated

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

It’s good to review. Thanks.

Ross R Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Easy to use. Thank you

Ashley P Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

I feel better knowing all of this is around me constantly, and how I can be better to protect myself and others, thank you.

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This is helpful.Thank you.

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Good course!

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Easy to navigate, great info, not an overload of information.

Gabriel B Verified
Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Blunt and straightforward. Thanks.

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Excellent and very well organized course material and questionnaire.

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Easy, informative, succinct and great price!

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Cal/OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens

Good solid start to understand bloodborne pathogens

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