Diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C can transfered from one individual to another through used hypodermic needles. For this reason, a Bloodborne Pathogens Certification is required of healthcare professionals who are at risk for "needle sticks." The test for certification may be taken through the Health Department and is offered online by many employers.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Study the material provided by the employer or reference preparation material online. Understand the terminology used with reference to bloodborne pathogens. Make flashcards for self-study.
Master the terminology and then move on to the study material. Make sure you mentally connect the bloodborne pathogen regulations and how each regulation applies in practice.
Focus on the parts of the training material that details the methods of protecting oneself from exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of how exposure can be avoid as well as how accidents happen.
Review the procedures in detail that are required in the event of accidental exposure. Be prepared to list the procedures in the proper order.
Take the test and pass it by demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the material. Receive a certificate of successful completion or print out the certificate
Put the certificate in a place that's accessible. Review the requirements for managerial and non-managerial staff.
Stay updated on federal regulations regarding bloodborne pathogens and related procedures. Test again as needed or as required by the employer.
Tips and warnings
- The OSHA regulation reads: "Occupational Exposure means reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or perenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties"
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