Title 8 CCR, Section 5193 Online Training Certification Course
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The goal of this course is to help you understand the risks involved in working in situations where exposure is possible, and the safety measures that employers and employees can take to avoid exposure to bloodborne pathogens. We will review the ways in which bloodborne pathogens are transmitted, the symptoms of exposure, the equipment that can remove or isolate the hazard from the workplace, and the practices that reduce the likelihood of exposure.
What are the governing regulations? California has implemented its own OSHA-approved state regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens: California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5193, also known as 8 CCR 5193 for short. This course will focus on the Cal/OSHA regulations rather than the federal regulations.
Who must take this training? The Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogen regulations, 8 CCR 5193, require employees in potentially affected industries to understand the epidemiology, symptoms, and mode of transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
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.