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 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
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:
- CDC/ Occupational health/Bloodborne Pathogen
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens rule
- Texas Bloodborne Pathogens Rule
Who needs the training?
Anybody who is involved in working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue should complete the Bloodborne Pathogen Training prior to start working with working with unfixed human body fluid/blood and tissue
For questions regarding UNTHSC Bloodborne Pathogen Training, please contact Dr. Janet Jowitt, Chief Nursing Officer at Janet.Jowitt@unthsc.edu
This page was last modified on October 24, 2017