Bloodborne Pathogen Awareness Program

Understand how you can create a safe and healthy work environment by minimizing the possibility of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

The Joint Commission

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What is Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Knowing about bloodborne pathogen standards is essential for all healthcare workers. This is because accidental or incidental exposure to bloodborne pathogens can endanger your life. This includes the risk of contracting deadly Hepatitis B and HIV viruses. There are 25 known bloodborne pathogens, including malaria, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C and HIV viruses.

Unfortunately, for healthcare workers contracting bloodborne pathogens is an occupational hazard. The risk is highest for those who draw blood, analyze blood and other body fluids, and handle contaminated equipment.

The bloodborne pathogen standards are key to reducing these risks. Learning about these standards can help you learn about these pathogens, the risks, and how to safeguard yourself from infection.

Bloodborne pathogens can potentially cause serious illness such as viral hepatitis and compromised immunity to many diseases. Bloodborne Pathogen standards (BPS) are designed for those workers who are at risk of contracting such diseases through bloodborne pathogens.

As you go through this course, first, we’ll introduce you to the bloodborne pathogens standards. Then, we’ll look at the three deadliest pathogens, you should be worried about – HBV, HCV, and HIV.

You’ll also learn about exposure control plans and why you need to have one. Next, you’ll learn about post exposure management, including how to respond to a potential exposure. And lastly, we’ll look at the primary and universal precautions that you need to take.

Course Description

CategoryThe Joint Commission
Course NameBloodborne Pathogens Standards
Duration30 mins
Certificate IncludedYes
Languages English
Course TypeInteractive online training
FormatLM-light, SCORM 1.2
Supported DevicesDesktop/Laptop, Tablet, Phone
Last UpdatedJune 30, 2021

What you’ll learn

  • What are the bloodborne pathogens that endanger health at the workplace
  • Signs and symptoms of HBV, HCV, and HIV
  • Primary precautions to prevent exposure
  • Exposure control plan
  • Engineering and work practice controls to prevent exposure
  • How to respond to potential exposure
  • Your responsibilities when you encounter a blood spill


  1. Introduction to bloodborne pathogen standards
  2. What are bloodborne pathogens?
  3. Introduction to HBV, HCV, & HIV
  4. What is Hepatitis B virus? 
  5. HBV Characteristics
  6. What is Hepatitis C virus?  
  7. HCV Characteristics
  8. HCV and healthcare employee
  9. HIV (AIDS) characteristics
  10. HBV/HBC/HIV at a glance
  11. Exposure control plan for bloodborne pathogens
  12. Focus of ECP 
  13. How to develop your ECP
  14. How relevant is your ECP
  15. ECP review and upgradation
  16. Administrative controls for bloodborne pathogens
  17. Engineering controls for bloodborne pathogens
  18. Work practice controls for bloodborne pathogens
  19. Personal protective equipment for bloodborne pathogens
  20. Recordkeeping under BPS
  21. Control chart approach under BPS
  22. Post exposure management
  23. Handling exposure – Immediate
  24. Handling exposure – Promptly enough
  25. Standard/Universal precautions
  26. What are standard precautions?
  27. Aspects of standard precautions?

Who Should Attend?

  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Paramedics
  • Short term and long term Care providers  
  • Nursing assistants

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The Joint Commission Bloodborne pathogens standards (BPS), or 29 CFR 1910.1030 prescribes safeguards for workers who risk exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Exposure to such pathogens can cause deadly diseases, including AIDS and Hepatitis B. 

Unfortunately, those who work in healthcare face the maximum risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

To control such risks, the BPS mandates employers to put in place several safeguards. These safeguards include – 

  1. Development and implementation of an exposure control plan
  2. Administrative controls, such as the enforcement of policies and procedures
  3. Engineering and work practice controls that reduce or remove the hazard
  4. Hepatitis B vaccinations
  5. Hazard communication 
  6. Employee Training

Bloodborne pathogen training must be administered to all workers who are-at risk of infection. Such a training needs to occur

  1. At the time of hiring
  2. At the time of job-assignment
  3. When adding duties that carry the risk of infection

To comply with the bloodborne pathogen standard, employers need to put in place workplace controls to reduce the accidental exposure to blood and body fluids. You need to ensure that all engineering controls and precautions are in place to avoid any exposure incidents.

For this, ensure that you have put in place proper engineering and workplace controls to avoid exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Along with this, you need to implement universal precautions, and housekeeping practices as well.