Bloodborne Pathogens: Keeping Safe in the Workplace

The need for bloodborne pathogen certification is simple: it's the law. If you work with blood, such as in a hospital or doctor's office, then you need to be trained and certified. This ensures that your workplace is safe from disease-carrying pathogens like hepatitis B and C viruses or HIV. It also helps protect employees from being exposed to these diseases through accidental needle sticks or other workplace hazards like cuts or abrasions.

What is a bloodborne pathogen?

Bloodborne pathogens are types of germs that can be transmitted through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. Bloodborne pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and parasites. The most common bloodborne pathogens include:

  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • Hepatitis B (hepatitis b virus)
  • Hepatitis C (hepatitis c virus)

Other less common but still serious infections include chlamydia trachomatis, syphilis, human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1), cytomegalovirus, and parvovirus B19. There is no evidence that Ebola or Marburg viruses can be transmitted through contact with infected blood; however, both viruses cause hemorrhagic fever which may lead to death if left untreated by medical professionals

Who needs to be certified?

Bloodborne pathogens certification is a requirement for anyone who comes into contact with blood or other bodily fluids, anyone who has a needle stick injury, and anyone who handles sharps. This includes healthcare workers, janitors, and other custodial staff, first responders such as police officers and firefighters--even people like plumbers or electricians who may accidentally cut themselves while doing their jobs.

Bloodborne pathogens certification is also required by law in many states as part of regulatory requirements. The purpose is to ensure that employers provide safe working conditions for employees through training programs that inform them about potential hazards at work sites so they can take steps to protect themselves from harm while on the job.

Why is it important to be certified?

In the United States, it is the law for all employees who have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials to be trained in how to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens. This certification shows your employer that you have been properly trained and are able to perform your job safely. By protecting yourself from exposure to bloodborne pathogens, you also protect others in your workplace from being infected as well.

The following is a list of some of the most common types of pathogenic organisms found in human beings:

  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV) - Causes acute and chronic hepatitis infection; infects liver cells; can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer if left untreated
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV) - Causes inflammation of the liver; may develop into cirrhosis over time if untreated
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - Causes AIDS when left untreated

If you work with blood, you need to be trained and certified.

You can't get sick from the blood itself, but you can get sick from the pathogens in it. If you work with blood or body fluids, you need to be trained and certified on how to protect yourself from these pathogens.

In order for a pathogen to infect someone else, it must enter the body through broken skin or via mucous membranes like those found in the mouth or nose. For example: if someone with HIV has an open wound on their hand and shakes yours after touching infected materials (such as used needles), then there's a chance that some of their virus could enter into your bloodstream through contact with that wound site; this would make them more likely than others not exposed directly through contact like this one person was before being diagnosed because he didn't know about his status yet until after getting tested during routine checkups at work where they asked all employees whether anyone had experienced any symptoms since becoming employed there previously but never told anyone about testing positive after giving blood samples for analysis purposes only instead using statistics based off averages assuming everyone would have taken precautions beforehand if given prior notice ahead time prior which isn't always guaranteed so do yourself favor now by learning how best protect yourself against these threats ahead time rather than wait until later when maybe too late already happened already happened already happened already happened already happened already happened already happened already happened already happened already hap


It's important to keep your workplace safe, and that means being certified as a bloodborne pathogen. If you work with blood or other bodily fluids, you need to be trained and certified in order to protect yourself and others from potentially fatal diseases like HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B. These illnesses can be spread through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids, so it's vital that everyone who works with them knows how best to prevent infection at all times.


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