Training Program Elements

The Bloodborne Pathogens training program should include information and explanations of at least the following:

  • epidemiology, symptoms, and modes of transmission of bloodborne diseases
  • the exposure control plan that has been implemented and how to obtain a copy of the written plan
  • appropriate methods for recognizing tasks and activities that may involve exposure to blood or OPIM
  • use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposures, including appropriate engineering, administrative or work practice controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • the basis for selection of PPE
  • types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of PPE
  • hepatitis B vaccination series, including its efficacy, safety, method of administration, benefits, and the fact that the vaccination will be offered to employees free of charge
  • appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or OPIM
  • procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including the
    • method of reporting the incident
    • medical follow-up that will be made available
    • procedure for recording the incident in the sharps injury log
    • post-exposure evaluation and follow-up that will be made available to employees
  • signs, labels, and/or color codings used