This course has been designed to meet and exceed Occupational Health and Safety standards and is applicable to any worker who may come in contact with any Bloodbourne pathogen. This can include nurses, medical professionals, specialized cleaners, firefighters and Police.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a 3 year certification in Bloodborne pathogens.
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
In order to limit the risk of infection the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has developed routine practices for workers to follow.
Routine practices are a set of infection control strategies and standards designed to protect workers from exposure to potential sources of infectious diseases. Routine practices are based on the premise that all blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin or soiled items are potentially infectious. These practices, while mainly adopted by healthcare providers, apply to all professions in which workers may become exposed to infectious microorganisms through contact with blood and body fluids. (Source: CCOHS)
The most common ways bloodborne pathogens spread are through sexual transmission or IV drug use. However, any contact with infected blood or body fluids carries the risk of potential infection. If you have the risk of being exposed to a blood bourn pathogen, following the Routine practices is the best defense against unintentional exposure and possible infection.
With the correct information, irrational fears about workplace exposure to Bloodboure pathogens can be prevented. On the other hand, treating bloodbourne pathogens too lightly may lead you to ignore appropriate protective measures.
This course will guide you through an introduction to blood borne pathogens, from types of diseases, to protective measures and safe handling and clean up.
- Control Measures
- Clean up