Bloodborne Pathogens


Bloodborne Pathogens online course providing essential learning on the nature of pathogens, how they spread, and procedures to ensure the safety of yourself and others.  Accredited certificate emailed on completion.

50 mins (approx.)

Bloodborne Pathogens course

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bloodborne pathogens courseThis Bloodborne Pathogens training online provides the knowledge needed to work safely where human blood could be present.

The term ‘Bloodborne pathogens’ (‘BBPs’ for short) refers to infections in human blood that have the potential to cause harm.   The three most common infections are: the Hepatitis B virus, the Hepatitis C virus, and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

While BBPs create a risk of disease, this can be avoided through the effective management of risk.

Everyone in your organisation working where human blood may be present must understand the dangers of exposure, transmission, and procedures to keep themselves and others safe.

This 50-minute online training course provides the knowledge needed to work safely in line with current regulations. Offering clear and structured training to promote effective learning, the Bloodborne Pathogens course offers a verifiable completion certificate. This can be used to confirm individual competence, and for recording purposes to demonstrate appropriate training has been provided.

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learning outcomesOn successful completion of this Bloodborne Pathogens training, learners will:

  • Know what Bloodborne Pathogens are, and identify potential sources.
  • Recognise the risks arising from common bloodborne infections.
  • Determine procedures required for a safe working environment, including correct handling of blood-related products and the importance of PPE
  • Be able to identify steps required for the safe cleaning of blood spills
  • Understand the required emergency procedures in event of a blood exposure.


This Bloodborne Pathogens course is aimed at any individual who may work in roles where human blood may be present, however infrequently, leading to potential pathogen exposure.

This includes a wide range of caring and teaching professionals, technical and domestic staff, those within the cosmetic and body art industry, or anyone who may use needles or works in the vicinity of spilt blood. This includes roles such as Laundry staff, Cleaners, Janitors, Housekeepers and others who may be involved in cleaning blood or other potentially infectious materials (or ‘OPIMs’)

NB: For those staff working with needles, we also recommend undertaking the Needlestick and Sharps training course.


At the end of the Bloodborne Pathogens course is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz aimed at reinforcing and testing individual learning.

Where the learner demonstrates their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, a completion certificate is issued by email.

If the score is less than 80%, learners are offered the opportunity to revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until successful.

The verifiable, CPD-Accredited certificate is then emailed to your account for retention within your training records.

A posted certificate is available for £9.

The Bloodborne Pathogens certificate is valid for 3 years.



Echo3 course contentUNIT 1   |   What are bloodborne pathogens?

In this first unit we will explain what bloodborne pathogens are, as well looking at the symptoms of some of the diseases they cause.

UNIT 2   |   How to protect yourself

In the second learning unit, we explore the universal precautions to take, and essential equipment to use that will protect from exposure to infected blood.

UNIT 3   |   Safe handling 

The third learning unit centres on the key steps associated with safe cleaning of a blood spill and other potentially infectious or contaminated materials.

UNIT 4   |   Emergency procedures 

In our final learning unit, we explain what to do in the event of accidental exposure to blood or OPIMs.


  • Course objectivesProvide the learner with an understanding of key knowledge needed on bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials.
  • Increase individual competence in identifying hazards and addressing risks when operating where bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials are present.
  • Provide employer with an effective solution to appropriately train staff on bloodborne pathogen best practice, and provide evidence of training in line with UK regulations.


  • Memorable, motion-graphic content
  • Learn anywhere with an internet connection
  • Verifiable, CPD-accredited certificate emailed on completion
  • Helps evidence compliance with the latest UK regulations
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By practicing good personal hygiene and following some simple procedures, you can reduce your exposure to BBPs and OPIMs.

  1. Cover any 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]
  2. In potential exposure areas never eat, drink, store food, smoke, handle contact lenses, or apply cosmetics or lip balm. Infection can transfer on to your hands and food.
  3. 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.
  4. Wash your hands immediately following any type of exposure.
  5. Wash your hands after removing your gloves or other PPE. Use hand sanitiser if working in an area without running water.
  6. Provide staff with appropriate Bloodborne Pathogens training


For all employers the UK Health and Safety executive provides a detailed overview of legislation applicable to the control of risks associated with Bloodborne Pathogens HERE.

This includes regulations related to the ‘Reporting of Injuries , Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences’ (RIDDOR), and ‘Personal Protective Equipment’

Healthcare employers also have duties under the Sharp Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013.  This includes providing appropriate Needlestick and sharps training.


contact Echo3If you have any questions about this Bloodborne Pathogens online course, please email [email protected] or call us on 0131 661 8253.