Safety Diploma Course

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Prevention


Exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials can pose a risk of infection with bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS viruses.

For any employee who can reasonably be expected to be exposed as part of their job responsibilities, it is required by Federal law that they be given the appropriate training, and recommended that they be offered the Hepatitis B vaccination.

Governing regulations

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the OSHA 29 CFR § 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens and revisions to 1910.1030 as a result of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act Standards.

Course Overview

This course presents an overview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, including an explanation of the history and creation of the standard and its updates. It also discusses some of the scenarios in which a person might sustain a needlestick injury, the potential pathogens one may be exposed to in the workplace, and ways to prevent and respond to a potential injury.

Who Must Take this Course?

All employees who have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Occupational exposure is defined by OSHA as “reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or OPIM that may result from the performance of the employee’s duties.”

Course Format

Our OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens & Needlestick Prevention Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, and a final exam.

Upon successful completion each student will receive Hard copy of completion certificate and can print a wallet card

Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) for completing this course.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
    • Key Terms
    • Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
    • Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
    • Requirements of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Ways Bloodborne Pathogens are Transmitted
    • Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Symptoms and Stages of HIV
    • Treatment for HIV
    • Hepatitis B
    • HBV Signs and Symptoms
    • HBV Treatment
    • Hepatitis C (HCV)
    • HCV Treatment
  • Occupations with Risk Exposure
    • Body Art
    • Correctional Department Workers
    • First Responders
    • Maintenance and Waste Workers
  • Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
    • Employer Responsibilities
    • Training
    • Communicating Hazards and Labeling
    • Exposure Control Plan
    • Elements of an Exposure Control Plan
    • Housekeeping
    • Sharps Injury Log
    • Record Keeping
  • Precautions, Controls, and Guidelines
    • Universal Precautions
    • Engineering and Work Practice Controls
    • Needleless Systems and Engineered Sharp Protection
    • General Safety Practice Review
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Available PPE
    • Laundering PPE per the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
    • Removal of PPE
  • Exposure Occurrence
    • Procedures for Exposure Incident
    • Post-Exposure Evaluation
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam