Bloodborne Pathogens

$15.00 = 1yr access & certificate

Learn how to handle blood and other potentially infectious materials safely.



This short online course with certificate details best practice behaviours for those who either handle needles or work where blood could be spilt.

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs) are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans.  Blood can transfer directly from patients of through what are know as Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIMS) with are items such as plasters which have absorbed human blood.

It is important to remember that all blood and OPIMs should be treated as if the contain pathogens.

Course Aims

Detail the risk from Bloodborne Pathogens and the various controls measures that can be implemented in order to minimise the risk of infection.

What you will learn?

On completion of this course you will know…

| What BBPs are

| Recognise symptoms and for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus

| How Bloodborne Pathogens are transmitted

| Safe handling procedures for blood and other OPIM

| Emergency procedures for blood or OPIM exposure

Who is this course for?

Clean up of Bloodborne Pathogens is not only necessary in medical settings.  Wherever human blood is split (regardless of quantity) bloodborne pathogens can be present.

So this course is for everyone who, however occasionally, uses needles or works in the vicinity of spilt blood.

Example include but are not limited to;

Healthcare Staff, emergency service staff, medical staff, tattoo artists, Lab technicians, Cleaners.

Is there a certificate?

Yes.  At the end of the course is a short 10 question assessment.  Achieve over 80% in this assessment and a PDF completion certificate will be automatically emailed.  The assessment can be retaken.  A posted version can be purchased separately.

Further Information

There are various routes of entry for BBPs. This course will focus on the three most common types of workplace exposure.

  • Puncture wounds from sharp objects, or ‘sharps’, such as blades, broken glass and needles.
  • Broken or damaged skin, such as open cuts and skin abrasions.
  • Contact with unprotected eyes, mouth and mucous membranes. It’s important to understand BBPs can be transmitted by something as minor as a small splash to your eye, a quick scratch of your nose, or a momentary touch of your mouth.

To handle blood and other potentially infectious materials, or OPIM, safely you require the right:

  1. Personal hygiene
  2. Engineering controls
  3. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, and;
  4. Good housekeeping practices.

United States Department for Labor – Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) – Bloodborne Pathogens

Section 1910.1030(d)(2)(xiv)(B) of OSHAs Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to convey appropriate information relating to the risks and controls in place to prevent infection by Bloodborne Pathogens.

Can this course be exported or adapted?

Yes.  All echo3education online courses can be exported to external Learning Management Systems.  We can also adapt the content to align to your own policies and procedures.

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