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Employees in first response organizations constantly encounter potentially hazardous situations where they could be exposed to blood and other human body substances, as well as materials and equipment that may have been contaminated with bloodborne pathogens.The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has created regulations that require first responder groups to establish policies and procedures for reducing the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and dealing with accidental exposures when they occur.
To help prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens, first responders need to understand the hazards of these organisms as well as the requirements of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. They also need to know what safe practices and protective equipment to use to work more safety around infections materials.
This program presents information on the nature of bloodborne diseases and to help employees reduce or eliminate potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens in their work environments.