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Complying with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standards - Chapter Summary
This collection of engaging lessons offers a thorough examination of bloodborne pathogen standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You'll examine the organization's precautionary standards, as well as its methodologies for handling, cleaning, decontaminating and documenting objects that have been exposed to blood and/or bodily fluids.
This informative chapter includes simple and engaging instruction that delivers information in a bite-sized and easy-to-follow manner. You're encouraged to take the included lesson quizzes to ensure that you fully understand these important OSHA standards. These lessons are available to study at any time that's convenient, and you can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter material.
How It Helps
This training resource helps teachers meet their school district's bloodborne pathogen compliance requirements, which are often necessary for teachers who are new to the field or who have switched districts. This chapter enables teachers to fully understand OSHA's bloodborne pathogen standards and apply them in their classrooms. Healthcare professionals can also use these resources to review bloodborne pathogen standards for record keeping, hazard labeling and exposure procedures.
Upon completion of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Outline the roles of the Center for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Summarize OSHA's bloodborne pathogen standards and understand how they apply to employees in the public sector
- Determine how the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act applies to OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standards
- Understand the purpose, requirements and implementation of OSHA's Exposure Control Plan (ECP)
- Know proper practices for HIV and HBV research labs and production facilities
- Explain the purpose of the Hepatitis B vaccination
- Assess proper cleaning and decontamination methods for HIV and HBV-infected surfaces and fluids
- Understand labeling requirements for hazardous materials
- Recognize proper recordkeeping, disposal and confidentiality issues surrounding bloodborne pathogen records
1. Role of the CDC & OSHA in Standard Precautions
We are going to look at the two governing agencies for standard precautions: the CDC and OSHA. This lesson will go into their respective roles in regards to standard precautions.
2. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
In this lesson, we will briefly examine the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's bloodborne pathogen standards affecting healthcare employers.
3. What is the Needlestick Safety & Prevention Act?
The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act aims to protect healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Read this lesson to learn about the Act and how it helps employees in their workplaces.
4. Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan & Protocol
OSHA requires employers to develop and implement exposure control plans to maximize the safety of their employees. In this lesson, we'll learn about exposure control plans and how they are developed and used.
5. Research Labs & OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
Dangerous viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, are studied in laboratories across the country. We will cover what researchers must do to prevent being exposed to these harmful organisms, and how OSHA assists in preventing infections.
6. Hepatitis B Vaccination & OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
Healthcare workers have high exposure rates to bloodborne pathogens, so OSHA has set up regulations to make sure preventative measures are taken, including free hepatitis B vaccinations. Keep reading to learn more!
7. HIV & HBV Control under OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
In this lesson, you will learn why and how you should decontaminate surfaces and objects that have been contaminated with blood or body fluids. The lesson information is compliant with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
8. Hazard Communications & OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
In this lesson, we will discuss both the blood-borne pathogen standards and the hazard communication standards that are set in place by OSHA. We will learn about the similarities and differences of each.
9. Record Keeping & OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employers to keep and maintain medical, training, and exposure records for employees who have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Read on to learn about what information is included in these records.
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