Looking On The Bright Side of Certifications
Why It Is Recommended to Have a BBP Certification
Pathogens that are transmitted through the bloodstream are called bloodborne. Human Immuno-Deficiency virus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are some of the deadliest bloodborne pathogens that health workers are at risk of. Bloodborne certification was a strategy put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to safeguard and protect workers. Its main aim was preventing workers from any harm that they might be predisposed to especially from any potentially hazardous material.
Efforts of emancipating organizations and workers and encouraging them to be OSHA certificate compliance have been ongoing for the past 8 years. Some workers fail to know whether they need to also get this Bloodborne pathogen certification. It has been known that anyone who is at risk or a regular exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials as a consequence of where they work needs to comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens. Some of these workers at risk include but are not limited to Emergency responders, tattoo and make-up artists, school and daycare staff, cleaning workers and healthcare workers among others. The task of ascertaining whether employees are well and regularly trained on bloodborne pathogens falls on the employer. Before one is fully certified they get training that covers the following areas.
The first area covered is the work practices. The training on work practices deals with the teachings on how to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation, as well as how to dispose of materials that may be hazardous. These may include needles, sharp objects, medical equipment or even ways of killing viruses or bacteria.
Precautions taken globally or universally when dealing with bloodborne pathogens is the other category that workers get training on. Universal precautions are taught so that these workers fully understand the kind of pathogens that they may be exposed to and how each one of them is transmitted.
The standard measures for control and prevention is the third category that the workers get training on. Here they get to learn about the procedures, safety measures and protocols that have been put in place to help prevent against exposure and transmission of these bloodborne pathogens.
In these training workers also get trained in the use of personal protective equipment. Here they learn how to use the various equipment, the correct ways of wearing them and when it is necessary to use or dispose of them. These pieces of training are may vary from country to country but most of the practices and procedures are similar. In this discussion, we have been able to look at the some of the reasons why BBP certification is recommended.