If you work with or around human blood - you need to meet the OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 in order to maintain your employment. This mandate requires individuals in the medical profession, particularly, to maintain their certification over an extended period of time. While there are many professions which require the completion of an approved, OSHA compliant training program and certification - these are some of the most common occupations which require blood borne pathogen certification:
Blood borne pathogen training programs are designed to educate individuals who work with or around human blood regarding proper body substance isolation procedures and how blood borne pathogens are transmitted. The course itself is knowledge based and does not require the demonstration of a physical skill (like giving an IV or properly wearing latex gloves) in order to earn certification. In fact, you don't have to be a medical worker to seek out blood borne pathogen training - just like CPR or first aid, it is a practical piece of personal knowledge most people should maintain as they live their lives. A little bit of education can go a long way should an encounter with human blood occur. Infectious disease, particularly in the form of blood borne pathogens are more common today than ever before. Avoiding them takes preparation, knowledge, and experience - all of which you can acquire through an OSHA approved blood borne pathogen training course.
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