OSHA Series: Introduction to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $41.00


OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard was issued on December 6, 1991 and became effective in 1992. The standard defines the dentist’s obligation to protect employees from occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The primary intent of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is to eliminate and/or minimize occupational exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other bloodborne pathogens by adopting universal precautions for blood and other potentially infectious materials.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard applies to all employees who are at risk for exposure to blood, saliva or other potentially infectious body fluids.

The following topics will be discussed in this course:

  • OSHA’s annual training requirements,
  • Overview of the training’s contents,
  • Complying with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, and
  • Understanding the infection transmission process.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Review the origins of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  2. Provide requirements for the dental office to meet OSHA's annual training requirement.
  3. Understand the meaning of "compliance" with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  4. Understand the disease process.


In 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, codified as 29 CFR 1910.1030. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will reduce occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material, including Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other bloodborne pathogens. "Introduction to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard" reviews the origins of the standard and the requirements for annual training of the dental office including an overview of the infectious disease process.



  1. The Beginning of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

  2. Annual Training Requirement

  3. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

  4. Concerns for the Future

  5. Understanding the Disease Process

  1. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR), Bloodborne Pathogens 1910.1030, www.osha.gov
  2. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogens, www.cdc.gov
  3. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Bloodborne Infectious Diseases, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/

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