In any industry where workers are potentially exposed to blood and other infectious substances, it is a legal requirement they are properly BBP trained and safeguarded from the potential health hazards of bloodborne pathogens. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards must be complied with, not only because they are legally enforced, but to protect the health and well-being of a workforce.
Why is a workplace BBP training certification important?
Without quality BBP training for employees, employees may be exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Hepatitis C, Brucellosis, West Nile Virus and Syphilis, among other health hazards. Company BBP training can reduce the risk of employee exposure to such hazards and educate them about how to handle exposure to infectious substances.
Due to the serious health risks that BBP can pose, it is important that each and every member of a workforce receives BBP training. Even if an employee does not come into direct contact with blood, they may be exposed to harmful materials in the workplace environment, making workforce BBP certification essential for all employees.
Who needs group BBP training?
According to OSHA standards, any individual who is ‘reasonably anticipated’ to be regularly exposed to blood needs to comply with standards, as well as any corporate health and safety standards. For example, this could include:
- Dental practices
- Beauty clinics
- Tattoo parlors
- Healthcare employees
- Education establishments
- Cleaning companies
As previously mentioned, group training is beneficial for BBP as even if an employee doesn’t directly work with clients, they are still reasonably anticipated to come into contact with blood in their workplace environment.
What are the benefits of group BBP training?
There are multiple benefits to group BBP training which we outline in more detail below.
It is much more cost-effective to organize group BBP as group discounts are available from reputable training companies, such as the National CPR Foundation.
It can be overwhelming for some employees to think of themselves being exposed to hazards such as HIV and Hepatitis, group training sessions will create a greater sense of community and improve employee training morale.
Group training sessions will ensure each team member has the relevant qualifications to meet the standards. The certificates of each employee will also be stored and available in one convenient place, reducing the stress of searching for individual employee certificates.
If only one member of your team receives BBP training, they will only be able to identify health and safety improvements for their own department effectively. This may leave other departments or areas of business vulnerable, and put employees and clients at risk.
Does your workforce require effective BBP training?
For more information about group BBP training, contact the National CPR Foundation today! We offer discounted workplace BBP training to ensure maintaining a safe, productive workplace that is OSHA compliant is easier than ever. Don’t put your employees or clients at risk.