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Modules: 14
Hours: 2
Sectors: Healthcare

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Course 656 Bloodborne Pathogens in the Healthcare Setting

Key Topics

  • Exposure Control Methods
  • Specific Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Universal Precautions
  • Employer's Exposure Control Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Recognizing the Potential for Exposure
  • Hepatitis B Immunization
  • Laboratory Safety
  • When an Exposure Occurs
  • Housekeeping
  • Communicating a Hazard

Target Audience

  • Employee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Course Introduction

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge to help reduce or eliminate the occupational risk of bloodborne pathogens in various healthcare settings. The goal of this course is to help students understand the risks and develop behaviors to help protect them when exposed to potentially infectious materials, such as blood.

This course is based on both 655 Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace and 755 Bloodborne Pathogens Program Management. However, it also includes additional information on needlestick safety, universal precautions, laboratory safety, and more.

OSHA requires bloodborne pathogens training meet the specific needs of the employee, such as those working in the healthcare industry. This course is designed to meet those specific needs.

This course supports OSHA training requirements for bloodborne pathogens in a healthcare setting. Students can ask questions and get feedback through our website or by email while taking the course. This is a very important aspect of online training and is required to meet OSHA standards.

This course is consistent with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030.

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Course 656 Final Exam

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After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.

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Take the Final Exam


1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.

2. Hepatitis B Foundation. (2018). Hepatitis B Fast Facts.

3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). About HIV/AIDS.

4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Hepatitis B Questions and Answers for the Public.

5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Statistics and Surveillance.

6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Basic Statistics.

7. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Occupational HIV Transmission and Prevention Among Health Care Workers.

8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). The ABCs of Hepatitis.

9. World Health Organization. (2017). Hepatitis C.

10. World Health Organization. (2014). Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Infection.

11. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (1999). Preventing Needlestick Injuries in Healthcare Settings.

12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Hepatitis B Vaccine.

13. National Vaccine Information Center. (2016). How Effective is Hepatitis B Vaccine?

14. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2011). Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Incidents.

Additional Resources

  • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Page, OSHA
  • Frequently Asked Questions Page, OSHA
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Fact Sheet, OSHA
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Model Programs, OSHA
  • Protecting Healthcare Personnel
  • Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
  • Preventing Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, CDC
  • Bloodborne Pathogens eTool, CDC
  • Revisions to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard>, OSHA
  • Reducing Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens