Introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens

Welcome to the Board of Regents' Environmental & Occupational Safety online training module on bloodborne pathogens.

This training module is intended for University System of Georgia employees and students who have the potential to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious material. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, and methods of preventing exposure.

This training is introductory in nature. If your job responsibilities involve occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens you will need additional training that is specific to your work environment and work practices. You will also need to be given the opportunity to ask questions of the person conducting the training session.

Training Objectives:

The objectives of this training are:

  1. Define "bloodborne pathogen", and give an example
  2. Briefly explain what is meant by the term "Universal Precautions"
  3. Recognize the sign and/or label that indicates a bloodborne pathogen hazard
  4. Give an example of a way in which a bloodborne pathogen can be transmitted from one person to another in the workplace
  5. Differentiate between an "engineering control" and a "work practice control"

University System of Georgia (USG) employees may print a certificate of completion for this training by submitting an online form at the end of the program. Although submission of this form is voluntary, some USG institutions use this information to verify that employees have completed the online training.

State of Georgia employees not affiliated with the university system may print a generic completion certificate.

Certificates of completion are NOT provided for persons not affiliated with the USG or employed by the State of Georgia.