Online Bloodborne Pathogens and MRSA Course
Employees who work around blood and other body fluids that contain blood are subject to contracting bloodborne illnesses, such as hepatitis and HIV. To help prevent employees from workplace exposure to the body fluids that spread such illnesses is the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Since enactment of the Standard in 1991, the number of healthcare workers infected with the hepatitis B virus at work has decreased to fewer than 300 per year versus 12,000 in 1985. This result makes it clear that training on the OSHA Standard should be a must for all employees who handle blood and/or other body fluids that contain blood.
Staph, a bacterial infection typically spread by human skin or open wounds, presents itself as different strains. An antibiotic-resistant and potentially lethal strain of Staph, called MRSA, is to blame for some 19,000 deaths each year. Whereas Staph was once confined to hospitals and clinics, it is now found in locker rooms, laundry facilities, and other areas containing items that have been in close contact with human skin or open wounds. Warning: employees who shower at work, handle dirty clothes, bedding, sports gear/equipment, razor blades, bandages, etc. should receive Staph-prevention training.
The Cintas, 45-minute Bloodborne Pathogens and MRSA Training Course offers a comprehensive education on the prevention of workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens and MRSA or other forms of staph. Topics include:
- Overview of bloodborne pathogens
- What can be considered PIMs (potentially infectious materials)?
- Precautions everyone should take
- Proper handling of sharps
- Proper handling of PIMs
- What personal protective equipment do you need?
- A look at engineering controls
- Effective PIM containment
- What you need in the way of biohazard signs and labels
- How to handle waste containment
- Rules for safe housecleaning
- Safe and proper handling of laundry
- What to know about Hepatitis B virus and vaccines
- Proper handling of exposures and follow-ups
- Accurate and comprehensive recordkeeping
- Facts about MRSA and other staph infections
- How to prevent Staph infections