OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens (by LabCE)

1.5 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 9,447 customer ratings)

Author: Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP) MA Ed.
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)

Course provided by LabCE.

This course addresses the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard as it applies to clinical and medical laboratories. Learn about major bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B and HIV. The majority of this course focuses on safety, including proper handling of sharps, personal protective equipment (PPE), use of engineering controls such as microbiological safety cabinets, and proper work practices including handwashing. Use for continuing education credits or required yearly training. Authored by well-known safety expert Terry Jo Gile.

See more courses in: OSHA Compliance

Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-004-20, approved through 2/28/2022
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-766714, approved through 9/1/2022


  • Describe causes and symptoms of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
  • Explain potential risks to health care workers from bloodborne pathogens.
  • Identify the proper personal protective equipment for a series of tasks.
  • Explain the use of engineering controls.
  • Explain how to correctly handle sharps.
  • Demonstrate proper hand hygiene procedure.

Customer Ratings

(based on 9,447 customer ratings)

Users Also Bought

1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(6,993 ratings) $20 Add to cart
1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(5,455 ratings) $20 Add to cart
1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(3,986 ratings) $20 Add to cart
1 P.A.C.E.® contact hour
(2,955 ratings) $20 Add to cart

Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • About This Course
      • You Are At Risk!
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Hepatitis B Virus
      • Hepatitis
      • Occupational Exposure to HBV
      • Spread of HBV In The Community
      • Blood Needed For Transmission
      • What Happens After HBV Infection?
      • Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
      • Infectious Period
      • Who is infected?
    • Hepatitis C Virus
      • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
      • HCV Infection
      • What Happens After Hepatitis C Infection?
    • HIV
      • What Causes HIV Infection?
      • How is HIV Contracted?
      • What Happens After HIV Infection?
      • How Easily is HIV Transmitted?
    • Knowledge assessment
    • Introduction to OSHA
        • Occupational Exposure Standard
        • Components of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
        • The Exposure Control Plan
    • Preventive Measures
        • Preventive Measures
        • The Hepatitis B Vaccination
        • Standard Precautions
        • Recent Information Regarding HCV Infection and Treatment
    • Methods of Control
        • Methods of Control
        • Engineering Controls
        • Work Practice Controls
      • Sharps
        • Sharps
        • Needles, Safety Needles, and Needleless Systems
        • Sharps Safety Summary
      • Specimens and Containers
        • Handling Specimens
        • Transporting Specimens
        • Labeling and Color-Coding Specimen Containers for Storage and Transport
      • Housekeeping
        • Housekeeping
        • Small Surface Spills
        • Broken Glassware
      • Contaminated Wastes
        • Contaminated Wastes
        • Contaminated Sharps
        • Biohazard Labeled Bags
        • Contaminated Laundry
      • Labeling
        • Labeling
        • Labeling not Required
    • Personal Protective Equipment
        • PPE and the OSHA Standard
        • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Gloves
        • Gloves Must be Worn...
        • Gloves
      • Face and Eye Protection
        • Face and Eye Protection
      • Garments worn as PPE
        • Garments worn as Personal Protective Equipment
      • Knowledge Assessment
      • Hand Hygiene
          • Importance of Hand Hygiene
          • Handwashing Procedure
          • Antiseptic Hand Cleanser
      • Postexposure Follow-up
        • Exposure Incidents
          • Exposure Incident
          • If an Exposure Occurs
          • Evaluation and Treatment
        • Avoiding Exposure
          • Avoiding Exposure
      • Knowledge assessment
        • Ebola Virus
            • Protecting Against Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus
        • References
            • References

        Additional Information

        Level of instruction: Basic

        Intended Audience: Health care personnel and other professional personnel whose occupations involve the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens
        Author Information:  Terry Jo Gile, MT(ASCP)MA Ed has over 45 years experience as a certified medical technologist. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For 20 years she was a member of the management team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Department of Laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as the Safety Officer as well as a laboratory safety consultant to the BJC Health System. Terry Jo headed her own consulting firm, Safety Lady, LLC, for 27 years. In that capacity, she lectured and consulted worldwide on the proper implementation of safety programs in clinical laboratories.
        Reviewer Information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.

        How to Subscribe
        Histology CE (by LabCE)
        Package of 27 online courses$65
        ASCLS members save $10
        Add to cart
        MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package (by LabCE)
        Package of 113 online courses$95
        Add to cart
        Phlebotomy CE (by LabCE)
        Package of 19 online courses$45
        Add to cart
        Single online course$20
        Add to cart
        • Order for instant access through any computer, any browser.
        • No shipping, faxing, or waiting for certificates.
        • Print or save your certificate of completion as soon as you've completed the course.
        • You'll have 90 days to complete your purchased courses.
        Course provided by LabCE.
        Cartoon Image: blood drop

        Cartoon Image: exposure control plan

        Handwashing with soap.

        Sharps container

        Hepatitis B Vaccine

        ASCLS CE's design and platform are provided by MediaLab, Inc.