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Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) are viruses carried in human blood and other body fluids that cause disease in people. There are many different bloodborne pathogens, including malaria and syphilis, but the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses, which can each lead to liver cancer, pose the most serious threat of workplace exposure.

In the workplace, transmission is usually through injuries from contaminated sharp objects that penetrate the skin, such as needles, knives, broken glass, or from splashes into the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth, or through exposed openings or abrasions in the skin from scratches, cuts, bites, or wounds.

In this course you will learn to:
(1) Explain how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted and the risks they present
(2) Identify techniques that you and your employer can use to prevent exposures to bloodborne pathogens
(3) List the actions you should take if you suspect you may have been exposed to a bloodborne pathogen

Course length: 20 Minutes