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SAFETYmatters - Which bloodborne pathogens course is right for me?

Article published 08/31/17

Safety advisors have recently noted an increasing number of staff completing training courses designed for another audience.  In order to minimize the number of courses an individual must complete, it is essential that you start with the appropriate one.

Staff who are required to complete a bloodborne pathogens (BBP) course will find several courses to choose from; however, only one may be right for you.  EHS has created several different courses, each with a target audience in mind:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Lab (W003BO) for lab personnel at risk for BBP exposure, e.g., work with human blood, cell lines, tissues or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), as defined by OSHA.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, CPH (W130BO) for individuals in the College of Public Health at risk for BBP exposure.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, FM/Housing & Dining (W518BO) for individuals in Facilities Management and University Housing and Dining at risk for BBP exposure.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Non-Lab (W131BO) for non-lab workers at risk for BBP exposure, e.g., staff who may come into contact with human blood (DPS staff, athletic trainers), clean up areas having blood splatter, transport biohazardous waste, etc.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Refresher (W132BO) to be used as annual refresher training for lab workers or individuals in the College of Public Health after initially completing BBP for Lab workers, or BBP for CPH.

Bloodborne Pathogens (Health Care) is another course available through the Self-service My Training page; however, this is not an EHS hosted course.  This training is targeted for UI Health Care staff and should not be taken by research lab staff.  This course does not adequately cover the OSHA requirements for laboratory staff and will not meet your training requirements.

For questions regarding any EHS safety training course, please refer to the following link: or contact an EHS staff member.