Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program

June 7, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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To protect workers and avoid citations and penalties, employers that have any employees with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens need to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens standard (29 CFR § 1910.1030). One major component required by the standard is training each employee with occupational exposure. The standard specifies when and how the training must be provided and outlines topics that must be covered.

Employees who must be trained. Employers must train each employee with occupational exposure, which means “reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties” (29 CFR § 1910.1030).

Timing of training. OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard specifies requirements regarding the timing of training. Training must be...

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