Bloodborne Pathogens


For healthcare workers and tattooist.  Learn how to avoid risks associated with Bloodborne Pathogens with this online course. Certificate emailed on completion.

DURATION | 30 minutes

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Bloodborne Pathogens online training | The term bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) refers to a range of bloodborne infections that can cause harm.  Hepatitis B, C and HIV are the most common. 

In the UK everyone who on occasion, works in the vicinity of blood spills and everyone who works with needles must receive training and information so they understand how to keep themselves and others safe. 

This course is designed to effectively fulfil this requirement for Healthcare workers and Tattooist.  

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Course Objective

To develop knowledge and understanding of the risks of bloodborne pathogens and how to implement the necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe, including proper cleanup methods.

Remember, it is important to treat all blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs) as if they contain potentially harmful bloodborne pathogens that can cause disease.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, learners will know…

  • What BBPs are
  • Recognise symptoms of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • How bloodborne pathogens are transmitted
  • Safe handling procedures for blood and other OPIM
  • Emergency procedures for blood or OPIM exposure

Course Content

Section 1 | What are bloodborne pathogens?

Section 2 | How to protect yourself

Section 3 | Safe handling of blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM)

Section 4 | Emergency procedures for blood or OPIM exposure

Ideal for

People may believe that bloodborne pathogen cleanup is only necessary in medical settings, but this is not the case.  Wherever human blood is spilled, bloodborne pathogens can be present.

Therefore this course is relevant for anyone who, however occasionally, uses needles or works in the vicinity of spilt blood.  Examples include: emergency services, medical staff, tattoo artists, lab technicians, cleaners.


Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate


Successful completion of the CPD-accredited Bloodborne Pathogens training requires delegates to achieve 80% or more in the final assessment. At this point they receive:

| An emailed PDF self-print certificate from echo3education with verifiable completion code

| A posted version can be purchase separately.

What is included in this Bloodborne Pathogens training course?zerocarbontraining

  • 30 minutes of online training
  • Final assessment to evidence learning
  • Emailed completion certificate (£5 for posted version)
  • Digital badge to show on your website, resume, or Linkedin profile
  • 12 months unlimited access
  • Carbon used to create and deploy this course is offset

How to reduce your exposure to BBPs

By following some simple personal hygiene procedures, you can reduce your exposure to BBPs. Cover all of your open cuts and skin abrasions to prevent contact with infectious material. This measure effectively eliminates one of the main routes of entry.  [See HSE guidance]

In potential exposure areas never eat, drink, store food, smoke, handle contact lenses, or apply cosmetics or lip balm.

Wash your hands with soap and running water frequently. Doing so is one of the most important and easiest measures you can take to prevent BBP transmission. It is best to use soft, antibacterial soap if possible because harsh, abrasive soaps can open fragile scabs and sores.

Wash your hands immediately following any type of exposure. Remember, assume that all blood and OPIM are infected. You also need to wash your hands after removing your gloves or other PPE.

If you’re working in an area without access to running water, then clean your hands with hand sanitiser or antiseptic towelettes immediately. Then, be sure to wash your hands as soon as possible with soap and running water for at least one full minute.

Applicable Legislation

Healthcare Bloodborne Pathogen Requirements | The UK Health and Safety executive provides a detailed overview of legislation applicable to the control of risks associated with Bloodborne Pathogens HERE.  In addition to all other employers.  Healthcare employers (and contractors must comply with Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013).  These regulations apply to those with use needles and appropriate training can be found HERE.

Tattoo Artist Bloodborne Pathogen Requirements | Overarching UK legislation, namely HSE ACT 1974, Management Health & Safety Regulations 1999 and COSHH require appropriate training to be undertaken.

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