Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) for Researchers - Online

1 hour
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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.


Before taking the training, you will be directed to submit a Hepatitis B Vaccine Form to UW Employee Health. Students who are not University employees should consult with their healthcare provider before receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine.

When completing the vaccine form, you can choose to receive or decline the vaccine. If you choose to receive the vaccine, it will be administered by an Employee Health Center located at a UW medical center or campus sites. If you decide to decline the vaccine, you can change your mind at any time. You can complete the form again at the end of this training.

The Hepatitis B vaccine provides a person with lifetime immunity and is highly effective against Hepatitis B infection after exposure to the virus. Serious adverse reactions to this vaccine are extremely rare, and the safety of vaccines is always being monitored. Note that you must complete the entire Hepatitis B vaccination series to be protected against Hepatitis B. To learn more about the Hepatitis B vaccination, refer to the Centers for Disease Control information. If you have further questions, please call the UW Employee Health Center to talk with a nurse.

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  

Intended Audience 

This course is required annually for researchers and other personnel who work with human blood or other potentially infectious materials


EH&S Training Contact

(206) 543-7201