Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Bloodborne Pathogen Training for Low Risk Personnel

Revised: March 17, 2017

Training Support

This training module must be taken during normal working hours so that you have ready access to Taylor Kriete, Biological Safety Officer. He is available at (504) 952-1337 to answer any questions you have related to this training.


  1. Introduction
  2. Bloodborne Pathogen Information
  3. Risk Determination
  4. Exposure Response
  5. Work Practices

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I.  Introduction

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Examples of OPIM

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Cerebrospinal, synovial, pleural, amniotic, pericardial, and peritoneal fluids; semen; vaginal secretions.

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Any material fluid contaminated with blood; saliva in dental procedures.

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Bodily fluids in emergency situations that cannot be recognized.

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Unfixed human tissues or organs.

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Unfixed tissues or organs from HIV- or HBV-infected animals.

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HIV or HBV cell cultures or culture medium.

II.  Bloodborne Pathogens

Common BBP Diseases

Modes of Transmission

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III.  Risk Determination

Exposure Risk Determination

Personnel are classified as high risk if they:

Low risk personnel do not perform any activity listed above (e.g., clerical, administrative staff, IT).

Employee Risk Determination

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Student Risk Determination

IV.  Exposure Response

Exposure Incident

Exposure Incident: a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or a puncture contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of a person's duties.

For example:

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Exposure Response

The following actions should be taken immediately after exposure:

After initial treatment is complete, make an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible for appropriate follow-up.

For more information on exposure response actions, see Section 9 of the Exposure Control Plan .

Post-Treatment Actions

Following an exposure incident, the supervisor must report the incident and complete the appropriate reporting form(s) as outlined in the Incident and Accident Reporting and Investigation Policy .

Counseling for employees and students is available through the Campus Assistance Program (568-8888). The Student Health Clinic can provide access to the Expert Review Panel on behalf of students.

V.  Work Practices

Waste Disposal

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Spill Response

Should a incident or spill occur involving blood or OPIM, contact University Police immediately. University Police will notify Environmental Health and Safety to assist in cleaning up the spill.

Training Support

If you have questions or comments, please contact Taylor Kriete, Biological Safety Officer at (504) 952-1337 or .