How Do I Get Bloodborne Pathogen Training?

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Bloodborne pathogen training is available from a number of sources, depending on why the training is necessary. Colleges, universities, hospitals, labs, and other facilities where people may come into contact with blood as part of their work often provide classes to comply with internal requirements or government regulations. It is also possible to take independent workshops or courses aimed at members of specific professions, like tattoo artists and law enforcement officers. Before taking a bloodborne pathogen training course, it is important to make sure it will meet the trainee's need through an approved curriculum.

Doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals receive training in bloodborne pathogen procedures while in school and often have access to refresher courses through their place of work. A hospital, clinic, or research facility may periodically sponsor courses to allow employees to refresh their skills or recertify. Often it occurs on the premises to make it easy for employees to go to class, and it may qualify for continuing education credits in professions where practitioners must show evidence of completing a set number of hours of education per year.

Public health clinics and other government agencies may provide bloodborne pathogen training to professionals at risk of exposure to such pathogens, because of the nature of the kind of work required. Police officers, firefighters, and teachers can get training through these programs. Sometimes an employer like a school district specifically requests a traveling educator to come and provide basic training and certification to employees.


Bloodborne pathogen training for tattoo artists and piercers is available through professional organizations. Many of these organizations offer correspondence training so members can acquire and maintain skills even when they are in remote areas. In other cases, it is possible to attend a workshop, usually with a limited number of spaces, in an urban area if enough members demonstrate interest, and the organization feels it would be worth paying for a class or workshop in a rented facility.

In all cases, bloodborne pathogen training should provide basic instruction in meeting government standards, such as the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration's guidelines on handling situations where bloodborne pathogens may be present. In addition, the course should familiarize attendees with industry standards and practices, if these go above and beyond the government requirements. In cases where specific certifications are necessary for employment, attendees should make sure the documentation from the class will be recognized before they start, to avoid attending a class that won't meet requirements.


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Post 4

With the amount of protection that is required for handling blood borne pathogens, it is a wonder that people would still head into professions that require this as part of their job duty training.

Post 3
I would assume that this is a hazard of the job in many fields, from law enforcement and hospitals to even school personnel, and even more remotely, people who work in sewer / drainage and other professions that may come into contact with human excrement.
Post 2
It is a comforting thought to know that people who work in a profession where they might come into contact with blood borne pathogens are required to be trained, and that they need to keep their certifications current.

All too often we hear of incidents where someone is infected or diagnosed with a disease that can only be gotten through contact with blood, and these people do not work in a profession that causes them to come int contact with blood. This falls on the shoulders of those who handle blood and with certification it can be verified that they will take the utmost care to ensure that others will not be exposed to such pathogens.

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