Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA has launched a free Spanish-language online training course to help employers protect workers from bloodborne pathogens in emergency response, health care, hospitality, and other industries.
The course features videos, interactive scenarios, a quiz, and a certificate of completion. It is designed to boost the ability of employers to meet the requirements of Oregon OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard. Topics covered include assessing the potential for exposure in your workplace, understanding the elements of an exposure-control plan, preventing and reducing exposures, and managing your exposure control plan.
“It takes solid planning, training, and other critical steps to address the potential on-the-job hazards of bloodborne pathogens,” said Julie Love, interim administrator for Oregon OSHA. “But language barriers can pose challenges to taking those steps. That is why we’re offering this new tool to help break down those barriers. It reflects our ongoing work to reach a broader audience with our training materials.”
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. They include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). One common way they are transmitted is from accidental puncture from contaminated needles, broken glass, or other sharps.
The free and flexible online course covers everything from planning, prevention, and personal protective equipment – such as eye protection and gloves – to recordkeeping, hazard warning labels, and protective controls such as sharps disposal containers.
The Spanish-language online course is now available.
For more information about Oregon OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens requirements, visit the A-to-Z topic page which includes guides, fact sheets, and checklists.
Visit more Spanish-language courses. Learn about the PESO program and about Oregon OSHA’s education and training services, including the English-language bloodborne pathogens course.