Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for Researchers - Online

1 hour
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This course is required annually for researchers who are assigned work activities with a reasonably anticipated potential for exposure to human blood and other potentially infectious materials that may contain bloodborne pathogens (BBP) in accordance with WAC-296-823. This online course will teach you about the hazards of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace. You will be taught about how to identify major bloodborne diseases and symptoms, how pathogens are transmitted, the basics of exposure prevention, incident response and cleanup. The course reviews epidemiology, sharps management, cleanup of blood spills, proper personal protective equipment to prevent infection, proper disposal and information regarding the Hepatitis B Vaccine form.

University personnel required to take this training are also included in the University’s Bloodborne Pathogens Program. Refer to the University BBP Exposure Control Plan and your site-specific Exposure Control Plan for safety practices in your work location.

Personnel are required to complete this training initially and annually during compensated work hours. EH&S is available to answer questions about this training Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (206) 221-7770.


Personnel are required to complete the Hepatitis B Vaccine Form within 10 days of assignment to a position with potential exposure to BBP and before work with materials that may contain BBP. When completing the vaccine form, you can choose to receive or decline the vaccine. If you choose to receive the vaccine, it will be given at no cost to you through a University Employee Health Center. If you decide to decline the vaccine, you can change your mind at any time. You can find more information about the hepatitis B vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control website, and you can contact the UW Employee Health Center to speak with a nurse if you have any questions.

Use this link to access the Hepatitis B Vaccine Form.

Students who are not University employees should consult with their healthcare provider before receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Accommodations and language services 

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations to individuals who need them. 

  • To request a disability accommodation, please contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (V), 206-543-6452(TTY), or email at 

  • To request safety training in a language other than English, please contact EH&S training at and notify your supervisor. EH&S will work with you and your supervisor to arrange for interpretation or translation services. 

  • For other accommodation requests, please contact EH&S Training at  


EH&S Training Contact

(206) 543-7201