All occupationally exposed workers will receive training by a person knowledgeable in the subject matter, either in-person or online (with immediate opportunity to ask questions of the training presenter or supervisor).  Training will occur during working hours at the time of initial assignment to tasks where occupational exposure may take place, and annually thereafter.  Training is also required when procedures change or demonstrated behaviors indicate a need for re-training.  Records of training are retained for the duration of employment, plus 3 years.

Employee training must include the following:

  • An accessible copy of the regulatory text of WAC 296-823.
  • An explanation of the symptoms and transmissibility of bloodborne pathogens.
  • An explanation of this BBP Program and the means by which a worker can obtain a copy of this Plan.
  • An explanation of methods used to recognize tasks and activities that may expose employees to blood or OPIM, particularly as it affects their work at PLU.
  • Explanation of the use and limitations of methods which will prevent or reduce the likelihood of exposure.
  • Information on the types, proper use, limitations, locations, donning/removal, decontamination, and disposal of PPE.
  • Information about the Hepatitis B vaccine, including its efficacy, safety, and benefits.
  • How to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine free of charge.
  • Emergency response information to include exposure incidents and spill management.
  • Explanation of signs, labels, and color coding used to identify bloodborne pathogens.
  • Instructions on how to report an exposure incident.
  • Information regarding post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, in the event of an exposure.