OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens for Healthcare Personnel (Online CE Course)

(based on 1,828 customer ratings)

Author: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP) MA Ed.
Reviewer: Judi Bennett, MT, BSM

How to Subscribe
Individual course$20Add to cart
Need multiple seats for your university or lab? Get a quote

This course addresses the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard as it applies to healthcare personnel. Learn about major bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B and HIV. The majority of this course focuses on safety, including proper handling of sharps, personal protective equipment (PPE), use of engineering controls such as microbiological safety cabinets, and proper work practices including hand washing. Use for required yearly training. Authored by well-known safety expert Terry Jo Gile.

See all available courses


  • Describe causes and symptoms of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
  • Explain potential risks to healthcare workers from bloodborne pathogens.
  • Identify the proper personal protective equipment for a series of tasks.
  • Explain the use of engineering controls.
  • Explain how to correctly handle sharps.
  • Demonstrate proper hand hygiene procedure.

Customer Ratings

(based on 1,828 customer ratings)

Course Outline

Click on the links below to preview selected pages from this course.
  • Introduction
      • About This Course
      • You Are At Risk!
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Hepatitis B Virus
      • HBV Exposure
      • HBV Transmission
      • HBV Incubation Period
      • Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
      • Warning! Treat All Materials as Infectious
    • Hepatitis C Virus
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    • Summary of HBV, HCV, and HIV
      • Summary of HBV, HCV, and HIV
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Preventive Measures
      • Preventive Measures
      • The Hepatitis B Vaccination
      • HCV Testing and Treatment
      • HIV Prevention
      • Standard Precautions
      • Which of the following is a vaccine-preventable infection?
      • Acquiring an infection as a result of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) can be prevented by taking which of the following precautio...
      • Which of the following statements about hepatitis B vaccination is true?
  • Methods of Control
    • Sharps
    • Specimens and Containers
      • Handling Specimens
      • Transporting Specimens
      • Labeling and Color-Coding Specimen Containers for Storage and Transport
    • Housekeeping
    • Contaminated Wastes
    • Labeling
      • Labeling
      • Labeling not Required
      • Which of the following are considered engineering controls?
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Gloves
    • Face and Eye Protection
      • Face and Eye Protection
    • Garments Worn as PPE
      • Garments Worn as Personal Protective Equipment
      • Which of the following would not offer sufficient facial protection if splashes or sprays of blood or other potentially infectious materials may occur...
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Post-Exposure Follow-Up
    • Exposure Incidents
    • Avoiding Exposure
      • Avoiding Exposure
      • What should you do if you accidentally stick your finger with a contaminated needle?
  • Ebola Virus
      • Protecting Against Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic
Intended Audience: Health care personnel and other professional personnel whose occupations involve the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens
Author Information:  Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
Reviewer Information: Judi Bennett, MT, BSM is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. During her 25 year career in clinical laboratory science, she has served as Laboratory Manager, Senior System Analyst, Point-of-Care Coordinator, Microbiology Supervisor, and generalist. Judi has been a speaker at various LIS, AMT, and CLMA conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed publications.

How to Subscribe
Individual course$20Add to cart
Need multiple seats for your university or lab? Get a quote
healthcare workers shutterstock

Blood specimen w requisition shutterstock

Alcohol based hand rub 400

Personal Protective Equipment: Gloves

splash guard exam

Wearing mask  shutterstock