Bloodborne pathogen training, which complies with OSHA regulations, is a program for individuals who are exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials during their work.
In order for healthcare professionals to better understand this training course and its content, some terms need to be understood correctly. Below are definitions of the terms commonly used for bloodborne pathogens certification.
• The term commonly used in blood pathogen education is infectious. This term is used to describe the presence or reasonable presence of contaminated blood or other biological products on objects or surfaces, or the presence of pathogens in blood and other body fluids.
• Contaminated sharps refer to objects contaminated with blood and body fluids that can penetrate the skin and transmit pathogens to others. These items include scalpels, needles, broken glass, drainage tubes, etc.
• Decontamination refers to the process of applying physical (heat) or chemical (various substances) to inactivate or remove pathogens present on various surfaces and objects to the point where that particular surface or object no longer poses a risk of transmission.
• The term “other potentially infectious material” is used to describe all biological products, except blood, that may contain pathogens. This includes bodily fluids such as semen, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, saliva, and all body fluids contaminated with blood.