When determining what courses or training to take in regards to bloodborne pathogens, you need to find a course that adheres to OSHA guidelines. You also need to make sure you receive both a certificate and a grading score to prove that you actually took the class and that you are OSHA bloodborne pathogen trained. One particular course on the web includes recommendations from the US Air Force and Massachusetts General Hospital. Do also make sure that training includes the Universal Precautions training courses for health care workers as well as for the average citizen. It may be wise to find a company that offers a money-back guarantee. Bloodborne Pathogen training should include several different components and these include:
• Post exposure evaluation and follow-up. You need to learn what to do when a staff member comes in contact with infected blood. This can happen through cuts broken skins or abrasions. Training should include the proper cleaning of an infected wound and possible vaccination that should be immediately available.
• Vaccinations are necessary when working with blood pathogens and it is necessary to make sure that all staff members have been inoculated for hepatitis B virus.
• Training should include communicating the steps to prevent exposure. These include labels, color coding for needles and sharps, disposal containers, and how to dispose of contaminated laundry. Staff training should provide sufficient information for the staff to understand the color coding and exactly what item goes in what container.
• Record Keeping is a vital part of bloodborne pathogen training. You staff needs to know exactly what to do in the case of job related hospitalization or actual death resulting from contamination. Training must include the proper communication between OSHA and the office as well as what reports need to be filled out and filed.
• Review all the rules and standards of OSHA and bloodborne pathogen contamination and handling on a bi-annual basis. Included in this training should be hazards and how to be protected against contamination.
• Training must also include simulations on how to handle harmful blood, what to do when someone is contaminated, and how to take care of personal contamination to bloodborne pathogens.
• One of the most important sections of training should include protection that includes what clothing to wear, how to glove, and the proper use of eye and face shields when working with bloodborne pathogens.
Do train and teach your staff that bloodborne pathogens are harmful microorganisms in human blood, ejaculate and virgin secretions as well as saliva. Training staff members in knowing where the contamination can come from will give them the "heads up" to be careful, wear the proper clothing, gloves, and face gear.
HIPAA or the Medical Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires that health care providers follow the privacy rule and keep those records of patients with bloodborne pathogens safe and secure. When you have contamination problems, these records can not be exposed to the public specifically, but only used as examples. Make sure that you have a training module in place that allows your employees to report contamination without disclosing private information.