Bloodborne pathogens training
What are bloodborne pathogens?
Bloodborne pathogens are simply the pathogens found in all sorts of blood and blood related body
secretions (serum, platelets, WBCs, and CSF etc). These pathogens are responsible for causing many
diseases and infections in humans. People working close to this blood and body fluids are most likely to
catch these infections.
Diseases caused by Bloodborne pathogens:
Following is a detailed summary of diseases that are most likely to be caused by bloodborne pathogens:
• HIV or human immune deficiency virus, the causative agent of AIDS or Acquired Immuno Deficiency
• Hepatitis B and C caused by HBV and HBC respectively
• Malaria caused by the female anopheles mosquito and uses human blood as a career.
• Syphilis is one of the STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). The bacteria causing syphilis are also
found in sexual and other body fluids
• Non A and non B hepatitis It is a less chronic type of hepatitis caused by blood borne pathogens.
• Several more pathogens can be the causative agents of many diseases. The list is not yet completely
What is bloodborne pathogens training?
Bloodborne pathogens training program is training under a law by the US government. The law sets a
standard called Bloodborne pathogens Standard. This standard is given by the government agency called
OSHA (Occupational Training and Health Administration). According to the law, proper training must be
administered to the workers working in one of the following occupations.
• Research lab workers
• Hospital staff (both management and clinical)
• Clinics ( doctors, nurses and management)
• Personnel in the Veterinaries
• House keepers in labs and clinics
• Knife and gadget industry workers
Why is this training necessary? The training is super important as the workers should know what they
are getting into. They should also have proper information regarding the nature and preventive
measures against the pathogens. The blood borne pathogens are responsible for over 200 deaths and
9000 infections per year in the workers to certain occupations in the United States (according to
research by OSHA). Such a number of death and affected personnel provoked the authorities to take
strict action. This training and its annual renewal is now mandatory for personnel in all blood related
Where can we get the training? The bloodborne pathogens training can easily be acquired online as
many websites offer free training. Moreover, the personnel should ask for training within work hours by
their employers because it is their legal right.