2017

For immediate release
Jan 5, 2017

Contact information
Aaron Corvin, Public information officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@oregon.gov

Videos offer employers practical steps to protect workers

Salem - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has created an online course to help employers protect workers from bloodborne pathogens in health care, emergency response, housekeeping, and other industries. 

Featuring videos, interactive scenarios, and a quiz, the course is designed to boost the ability of employers and managers to meet the requirements of Oregon OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard. Topics covered include assessing the potential for exposure in your workplace, understanding the critical elements of an exposure-control plan, preventing and lessening exposures, and administering your exposure control plan.

“Employers can use this flexible online course to help build an effective exposure-control plan, refresh their knowledge of the topic, or check whether their existing plans meet current rules,” said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA. 

The stakes are high. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. They include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus. Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries occur to 600,000 health care personnel each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The mobile-friendly online course can be completed in an hour. It includes many helpful videos. One of them, for example, shows what employers can expect during an inspection by Oregon OSHA. Others cover everything from recordkeeping and hazard warning labels to personal protective equipment, such as eye protection and gloves, and engineering controls, such as sharps disposal containers.

The online course includes contact information and other helpful links. Participants have the option of receiving a certificate of completion. Go to the course

For more information about Oregon OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard, see the administrative rule.

To get fact sheets, forms, checklists, and other rule-related information about bloodborne pathogens, visit Oregon OSHA’s Bloodborne pathogens topic page​.

Oregon OSHA’s technical staff can answer questions to help employers understand how to apply rules to their workplace:

Phone: 503-378-3272
Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov
Online: Contact form

Employers may also contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Toll-free in Oregon: 800-922-2689
Field offices: Office locations and phone numbers
Email: consult.web@oregon.gov​


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About Oregon OSHA:

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.oregon.gov/dcbs/ or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.