Bloodborne pathogens are viruses or bacteria) that are present in human blood and that may cause disease in humans. Examples include HIV that causes AIDS, hepatitis B and C. Other bloodborne pathogens cause diseases such as syphilis and malaria. Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted if blood or certain body fluids from someone infected is able to get into your body. This may comes from a splash of fluid into the mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth. I can be caused by direct transmission to the bloodstream through a small cut, puncture or needle stick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that healthcare workers sustain nearly 600,000 injuries annually involving contaminated sharps such as needlepoints, broken glass, exposed ends of dental wires and any other contaminated object that can penetrate skin. It’s not just healthcare workers that are at risk. Workers in many different occupations are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. We are now offering an online training course that provides the participant with an understanding of the hazards of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace.
Am I at risk?
To determine if you are at risk for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens at your job, answer the following questions. Have I been assigned a task that required me to contact human blood or other body fluids (with or without gloves or face protection)? Have I ever received a splash or spill of human blood or body fluids on my skin or clothing when I was doing a job that I was assigned? Is it possible that I would get human blood or body fluids on my skin or clothing by doing my regular job assignments? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are at risk of exposure. Healthcare occupations are the most obvious at risk but other occupations such as janitorial / cleaning services, hotel staff, restaurant workers, tattoo artists, first aid attendants and emergency services personnel to name only a few.
About this course:
This course is intended to to assist the employer in meeting Occupational Health and Safety requirements in Canada. The training requirements that are fulfilled by this course include an explanation of the modes of transmission of pathogens; information on the Hepatitis B vaccine and its effectiveness; an explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure; an explanation of the basis of selecting Personal Protective Equipment; information on the appropriate actions to take in case of a potential exposure and an explanation of signs and labels/color coding.
The online format of this course allows the student to take the course entirely on their own schedule at a time convenient to them. On completion of the course, they will immediately receive a certificate to provide proof or course completion and certification. This certification is recognized in all Canadian provinces.