OSHA: Being in Control of Your Environment
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


The most important aspect of infection prevention within the dental office is taking control of your environment.

This course will provide you with information on bloodborne diseases, how such diseases are transmitted, and how you can decrease your risk of exposure. Review the situations in which you may find yourself during a normal workday and examine how you may exercise greater control over your environment.

The following topics will be discussed in this course:

  • The epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases,
  • The incidence of HBV and HIV,
  • Influences on the risks of exposure, and
  • Modes of transmission for bloodborne pathogens.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Provide a general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of Bloodborne diseases.
  2. Provide information on HIV & HBV.
  3. Learn of other Bloodborne pathogens of most concern to the dental office. 
  4. Understand the risks of exposure. 
  5. Understand how Bloodborne pathogens are transferred.

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. "Being in Control of Your Environment" shows the dental office the importance of understanding the epidemiology of disease, especially HIV and HBV.  Dental workers are exposed to a multitude of diseases.  Those diseases of most concern are referenced and how risk of exposure is influenced.  The direct and indirect modes of transmission of disease are detailed.


  1. The Epidemiology of Disease

  2. The Incidence of HBV and HIV

  3. Bloodborne Diseases or Pathogens of Most Concern

  4. Risk of Exposure

  5. Modes of Transmission of Disease

  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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