OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: 4 Part Series
You will receive 4 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $164.00

This course is a comprehensive review of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and provides the necessary information for a dental office to be in compliance with the Standard.  The course consists of four (4) sections.  For those wishing to "bite off" OSHA for the dental office in smaller chunks, each section of this course may be taken individually.  

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to do the following:
  1. Review the requirements for a dental office to be in compliance with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  2. Provide a general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases.
  3. Provide an explanation of the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
  4. Review the components of the exposure control plan.
  5. Provide an explanation of the appropriate methods for recognizing tasks and other activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
  6. Provide an explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure including appropriate engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment.
  7. Provide information on the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of personal protective equipment.
  8. Provide an explanation of the basis for selection of personal protective equipment.
  9. Provide information on the hepatitis B vaccination.
  10. Provide information on the appropriate actions to take in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  11. Provide an explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs.
  12. Provide an explanation of the biohazard signs and labels and/or color-coding used in the practice. 

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. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employing healthcare professionals to develop a written Exposure Control Plan for their offices. This plan outlines the policies and procedures used in the office to comply with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The plan must be reviewed and updated at least annually.


  1. Introduction

    1. The Beginning of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

    2. Aannual Training Requirement

    3. Dental Office Training Requirements

    4. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

    5. Understanding the Disease Process

  2. Being in Control of Your Environment

    1. The Epidemiology of Disease

    2. HIV & HBV

    3. Bloodborne Pathogens of Most Concern

    4. Risk of Exposure

    5. Modes of Transmission of Disease

  3. The Exposure Control Plan

    1. Personal Protection

    2. Personal Protective Equipment

    3. Work Practice Controls

    4. Engineering Controls

    5. Clean and Sanitary Workplace

    6. Universal Precautions

  4. Operational Safety Protocols

    1. Exposure Determination

    2. How to Recognize Tasks Involving Infection

    3. Methods that will Prevent or Reduce Exposure

    4. Handwashing

    5. Hepatitis B Vaccination

    6. Post Exposure Management

  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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