OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard is a federal OSHA regulation (29 CFR 1910.1030) that prescribes safeguards to protect workers against the health hazards from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, and to reduce their risk from this exposure.
Who needs OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training?
Any employee who is required to handle human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs) or any employee who has the potential for occupational exposure to blood or OPIMs needs OSHA bloodborne pathogens training. All workers at risk must be provided with training. This may include employees in many fields, including first responders, housekeeping personnel, nurses and other healthcare personnel.
How often is bloodborne pathogens training required?
Employers must offer bloodborne pathogen training to employees on their initial assignment and whenever new or modified tasks or procedures could affect a worker’s risk of occupational exposure.
Those who complete the training must be re-trained annually to renew their bloodborne pathogen certification.