Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue that can infect and cause disease in people who are exposed to the pathogen. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood,tissue and body fluids.

Bloodborne pathogens include, but are not limited to:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Non A, Non B Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Malaria
  • Babesiosis
  • Brucellosis


Bloodborne Pathogens — Occupational Exposure

The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has published Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis”, which can be accessed at:


Who needs the training?

Anyone who is involved in working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue should complete the Bloodborne Pathogen Training prior to start working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue.

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