Biohazard Safety Training. Objectives. In this course you will learn: Characteristics of blood-borne pathogens (BBPs) and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) Routes of transmission of infectious agents Exposure control methods to prevent exposure
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“Precautions to protect against exposure must be taken when there is any potential for exposure to bodily fluids. It is assumed that all bodily fluids have the potential to transmit disease”
The Universal Precaution Rule:
Treat all human blood, bodily fluids and other potentially infectious materialsas if they are infectious.
Besides blood-borne pathogens, there are other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) found in the academic and research laboratory settings:
Bacteria, Fungi, Rickettsia, Parasites
Other Viruses, including oncogenic (cancer causing) viruses
Recombinant DNA from infectious agents
Cell or tissue cultures of human originOther Potentially Infectious Materials
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center