According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans.” Diseases like hepatitis B and C, HBV and HCV respectively, are caused by bloodborne pathogens. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the virus that causes AIDS are those bloodborne diseases that do not currently have a vaccine being used in regular medical treatment. Exposure to any of these pathogens without proper care could result in a fatality. One of the most critical skills needed in the healthcare industry, or any occupation where you may be in contact with hazardous infectious materials, is to effectively and efficiently handle exposure to blood and bloodborne pathogens. TrainingABC offers a wide selection of bloodborne pathogens training videos. This selection is updated regularly to keep up with OSHA standards. Review the training program library and view the free video previews on the product descriptions.[ continue reading ]
In 1991, OSHA published the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard because of the risk correlation between exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infection. This standard details the requirements of employers with employees who are exposed to blood and other possibly infectious materials. The employer must provide bloodborne pathogen training as well as other safety standards. For example, the employer must have an exposure control plan set in place and provide protective gear/clothing for the workers.
One noteworthy revision to the standard was the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. The final rule was made in January of 2001 for the revision of the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard in regards to conforming to requirements of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act to the relief of many workers. This revision became effective in April of 2001 and required employers to use work practice controls and safer needle devices to eliminate or minimize potential contact with bloodborne pathogens.
The OSHA standard and revision are important in the lives of those who risk their health each day in order to provide a usually necessary service. Employers and staff all require adequate training to meet the growing demands to treat exposure to blood and potentially infectious substances effectively and efficiently. The compliance challenges can seem broad and potentially devastating if not handled proactively. There is enough risk to justify the need for proper training and the most successful employers want to implement detailed and accurate information to keep their organizations running smoothly. TrainingABC.com’s bloodborne pathogens videos offers clear and concise training.
Any organization operating with this type of potential risk is responsible to ensure the best and safest quality service not only to their customers, clients, patients, or members, but to their staff as well. OSHA can also issue some hefty fines for those employers who are non-compliant. Those fines can prove to be financially damaging and could lead to a closure of a business. It is best for the employer and employee alike if all their ducks have been put in a row so to speak. TrainingABC fulfills all your training needs.