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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS. Bloodborne Pathogen Training University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Department of Environmental Health and Safety www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/environmental/index.shtml. Bloodborne Pathogen Training. Introduction.
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
The University of Colorado is an NIH funded institution and is required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030
This Standard recommends safeguards to protect workers against exposures to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
- An IBC application must be completed electronically and submitted to [email protected]
- Approved applications are good for 3 years
Who Must Receive This Training?
“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.
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)
Hepatitis B Virus
- Age dependent chronicity: approx 90% of infants infected at birth develop chronic infections; approx 90% of adults develop an acute infection but resolve infection and become life-long immune
HBV Infections are Preventable
- Series of three shots (0, 1 mo, 6 mo)
- Approx > 95% seroconvert
- Titers are recommended after series is complete to determine immunity
- If unable to convert
- Post-Exposure Prophylaxis is available
- jaundice, dark colored urine
- abdominal pain
- severe, life-threatening liver failure
Hepatitis C Virus
- also causes inflammation of the liver
- no vaccine to prevent infection
- no post-exposure treatment
- acute symptoms similar to HBV infection
- most infected individuals have NO symptoms
- survival outside the host up to 4d, possibly more
- most infected individuals become chronically infected
- HIV is a human retrovirus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
- There is no vaccine or cure
- Most occupational infections result from needlestick injuries
- HIV can be isolated fm almost all body tissues
- Does not survive long outside the body
- Post-exposure prophylaxis: drug therapy ASAP to prevent likelihood of infection
HIV Infection Symptoms
- Seroconversion may take up to 6 months
An Exposure Control Plan Template and OSHA Model Plans & Programs for BBP & HAZCOM can be found at:
- Concentra Medical Center (719)592-1584 [5320 Mark Dabling Blvd, Bldg 7, Suite 100] or
- Centura Centers for Occupational Medicine (719)475- 9496 [Union Medical Campus, 1633 Medical Center Point, #100]
You are now ready to take
the required BBP Quiz