Legionella Testing / Biosafety Training

What Are Bloodborne Pathogens?

What Are Bloodborne Pathogens?

What Our Biosafety Training Course Says About Bloodborne Pathogens

Throughout our biosafety training course, Control of Biohazards, we’ll be providing information on a variety of different topics including the dissemination of biohazards, biosafety cabinets, risk management practices, biosafety practices and procedures, facility design, shipping biologics, sources of biosafety information, research with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid, Institutional Biosafety Committee management, and decontamination and disinfection. Our biosafety training course also covers bloodborne pathogens, which are infectious microorganisms that spread disease by exposure to blood or internal body fluids.

Some common diseases caused by bloodborne pathogens are hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), among others. Exposure to these pathogens can occur by needle sticks or other injuries with sharp objects, splashes, or spatter. First responders, housekeeping personnel, and healthcare personnel are all at risk of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens.

Through exposure to blood and other internal body fluids, some pathogens can spread quickly across a wide variety of occupations and communities. HIV, HBV, and HCV are those of primary concern in our biosafety training course, but we also cover the more transmissible bloodborne pathogens, such as:

  • Ebola
  • Marburg
  • Malaria
  • Zika
  • Brucellosis

The most common way these pathogens are transmitted is through sexual transmission or IV drug use, but any contact with infected blood or internal body fluids can lead to potential infection. Protecting yourself and others from these infectious diseases comes down to four main objectives: The right attitude, proper biosafety training, the right equipment, and the right housekeeping. It’s important to treat all human internal fluids and tissue as infectious.

As you’ll learn in our biosafety training course, the right personal protective equipment can help prevent the spread of viruses such as HIV. Wearing long-sleeve nitrile gloves and gowns while handling potential biohazards will protect your hands and skin from contact. Wearing safety glasses, goggles, or a proper face shield can prevent blood or other fluids from getting into your eyes or mouth.

Cleaning and decontaminating workplace surfaces can prevent not just you, but others from coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. All decontamination and disposal methods must follow the proper guidelines for use of appropriate disinfectants.

Through our biosafety training course, you’ll be able to fully understand what can be done to control and prevent exposure to these bloodborne pathogens. For more information, contact us at (410) 961-6638.