BloodBorne Pathogens

                    BloodBorne Pathogens Training 

Please review the following information and take the quiz located at the bottom of this page within one month of the start of the new school year. (You must be signed into your Google account to view and take the quiz.) This annual review is mandated for staff by OSHA. Please see me if you have questions. 

1. Supplies available for classrooms include latex-free gloves, gauze, and bandaids. Please see the nurse for your allotment and replace them twice a year when we turn the clocks back or when used up. Remember that hand washing with soap and water is necessary after cleaning up blood even if you wear gloves. Outside of school where water and soap are not available use hand sanitizer

2. Treating all body fluids as potentially infectious is known as UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS. The HIV virus can live on a hard surface for a few hours. The Hepatitis B virus is more resilient and may live on a surface for up to one week. When in doubt, do not touch it and keep students away from the area. Call the nurse or custodian for assistance.

3. “Regulated Waste” is blood/body fluid that is disposed of in the “red biohazard bag”. This waste would be soaked in blood or caked in dried blood that could release potentially infectious material when handled. This type of waste includes contaminated sharps and needles that should be disposed of in the special sharps container in the nurse’s office. IN OTHER WORDS, IT IS OK TO DISPOSE OF A BANDAID WITH BLOOD ON IT IN A REGULAR TRASH CAN ANYWHERE IN THE BUILDING.

4. Blood borne pathogens can enter your body through breaks in the skin like cuts, rashes, dermatitis, eyes, nose and mouth. Please read this short description on how to properly remove contaminated gloves.  
    1. Grasp the palm of one glove near your wrist and carefully pull the glove off
    2. Hold the glove in the palm of the still gloved hand
    3. Slip 2 fingers under the wrist of the remaining glove
    4.  Pull the glove until it comes off inside out.  The first glove should end up inside the glove you just took off.
    5. Dispose of used gloves safely and always wash your hands.  


5. Please watch the following 10 minute video on bloodborne pathogens for more information to complete the quiz.

YouTube Video

6. Steps to take if you have a blood borne exposure DURING school hours
  • wash the area thoroughly with clean water and soap
  • flush the eye with clean water for 15 minutes
  • report the incident to the nurse

 AFTER school hours(sports, team practice, field trip)
  • wash and/or flush as directed above
  • seek medical care
  • report incident to nurse or central office ASAP

7. The school is a low risk setting for blood borne exposure. Employees such as nurses, custodians, coaches, and some special ed teachers are at a higher risk due to job related tasks. However, all employees are eligible for hepatitis B vaccine. Please see your school nurse if you have not been vaccinated and wish to receive the 3 shot series.

Thanks for taking your annual Blood Borne Pathogen Training.  Please take and submit the quiz and you are done!   More information is provided below for those interested.


US Department of Labor Standard--Optional to review as needed

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Blood Borne Pathogen Quiz