Bloodborne Pathogens

Chapter 296-823, WAC

Effective Date: 09/01/04

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WAC 296-823-120


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Your Responsibility:

To train your employees about their risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and ways to protect themselves

You must

Provide training to your employees

Provide additional training WAC 296-823-12010

Maintain training records


WAC 296-823-12005

Provide training to your employees You must
  • Make sure all employees with occupational exposure participate in a training program that is:

    • – Provided at no cost to them
    • – Conducted during compensated working hours.
  • Provide training when any of the following occur:
    • – Before assigning tasks where occupational exposure might occur
    • – At least annually and within one year of the previous training.
  • Make sure the content and vocabulary of your training materials are appropriate to the educational level, literacy, and language of your employees
  • Make sure the person conducting the required training is knowledgeable about the subject matter as it relates to your workplace
  • Make sure the training program contains at least the following elements:
    • – An accessible copy of this chapter and an explanation of the contents
    • – A general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases
    • – An explanation of how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted
    • – An explanation of your exposure control plan and how the employee can obtain a copy of the written plan
    • – An explanation of how to recognize tasks and other activities that could involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM)
    • – An explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure including:
        • Equipment and safer medical devices
        • Work practices
        • Personal protective equipment
    • – Information about personal protective equipment (PPE) including:
        • The types
        • Proper use and limitations
        • Selection
        • Location
        • Putting it on and taking it off
        • Handling
        • Decontamination
        • Disposal
    • – Information about the hepatitis B vaccine, including:
        • Information about its effectiveness
        • Safety
        • Method of administration
        • The benefits of being vaccinated
        • Offered at no cost to the employee for the vaccine and vaccination
    • – Information about what actions to take and persons to contact when exposure to blood or OPIM occurs outside of the normal scope of work
    • – An explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs, including:
        • The method of reporting the incident
        • The medical evaluation and follow-up that will be available
    • – Information about the post-exposure evaluation and follow-up procedure following an exposure incident
    • – An explanation of the signs and labeling or color-coding required by this chapter
    • – An opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the trainer at the time of the training session.



    • This may be person-to-person, by telephone, or by e-mail, as long as the employee can both ask and receive answers during the training session.

WAC 296-823-12010

Provide additional training You must
  • Provide additional training when you add or change tasks or procedures that affect the employee's occupational exposure.



  • This training may be limited to the changes in tasks and procedures.

WAC 296-823-12015

Maintain training records You must
  • Maintain training records for 3 years from the date of the training
  • Include the following information in your training records:
    • – Dates of the training sessions
    • – Contents or a summary of the training sessions
    • – Names and qualifications of persons conducting the training
    • – Names and job titles of all persons attending the training sessions.
  • Provide these employee-training records upon request for examination and copying to any of the following:
    • – Employees
    • – Employee representatives.

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Helpful Tool:
Training Documentation Form

A training documentation form is provided for your use in the Resources section of this chapter.

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