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What is BBP training? and how often is it needed?

March 30, 2018


Bloodborne pathogens training is a federal law, mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This law requires that all employees, exposed to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious material (OPIM), must have (BBP) training at the start of employment, at least once, annually, and when an employee’s work tasks or procedures are modified. (See OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Fact Sheet.)


Human blood and OPIM may contain pathogens (bacteria, virus or other infectious microorganisms), causing disease in humans. While the list of infectious microorganisms is vast, the three pathogens of highest concern and risk to workers include:

  1. Hepatitis B (HBV)

  2. Hepatitis C (HCV)

  3. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

According to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, “occupational exposure” would include those employees who have “reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee's duties.”


OSHA’s standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) mandates that any facility which has employees at risk to exposure, must first determine those employees, give them continuing education and provide and implement exposure control plans; the training and various plans include: universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective equipment, housekeeping, laboratories, hepatitis B vaccination, post-exposure follow-up, hazard communication and training and recordkeeping.


San Diego Medical Waste offers continuing education on BBP, OSHA and HIPAA standards. Stay compliant with state and federal regulations by contacting San Diego Medical Waste today: or 619-990-4604. San Diego Medical Waste has all your professional, medical waste needs.



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