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Online Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Course

Our Bloodborne course is intended for individuals who require OSHA compliant training. The course covers information to protect yourself and others if exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials. The Bloodborne Pathogens course is valid for 1 year, per OSHA guidelines.

Chapter 2: What are Bloodborne Pathogens?

What are Bloodborne Pathogens?

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBPs) are microorganisms and bacteria that are present in human blood or body fluids and can cause sickness and sometimes death.

The Hepatitis B virus, (HBV) Hepatitis C virus, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are all examples of BBPs.

Bloodborne pathogens may also be found in (also known as other potentially infectious materials; OPIM):

BBP Viruses

  • blood
  • semen
  • vaginal secretions
  • cerebrospinal fluid (brain)
  • synovial fluid (joint)
  • pleural fluid (lungs)
  • pericardial fluid (heart)
  • peritoneal fluid (abdomen/body cavity)
  • amniotic fluid (uterine)
  • saliva (in dental procedures)
  • unfixed human tissue or organs
  • any body fluids visibly contaminated with blood
  • any body fluids that cannot be recognized

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV):

The HIV virus weakens your immune system by attacking important, infection-