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Work with Bloodborne Pathogens and Training Requirements


Information on Bloodborne Pathogens, definitions, and how to register for bloodborne pathogen training using CULearn. 

Cornell University is dedicated to providing a safe and engaging workplace. In pursuit of this goal, Cornell University Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) has developed this Exposure Control Plan for all research labs working with human blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM). The intent of this document is to provide guidance to help individuals protect themselves from the health hazards associated with workplace-related exposure to pathogenic organisms present in human blood and other body fluids, including, but not limited to, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV), and Hepatitis C virus (HCV).

This Exposure Control Plan (ECP) is provided in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.”

All primary investigators at Cornell University, using human or non-human primate derived materials in their research activities will complete the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement (MUA) with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which is administered through the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA). The MUA addresses exposure determination for bloodborne pathogens and laboratory specific methods of research safety and compliance.

This ECP and the MUA complement each other, and therefore, all individuals listed in a specific MUA who have research-related exposure human blood and OPIM will have access to a paper or electronic copy of their Principal Investigator’s (PI) MUA.

Bloodborne Pathogen Training

This training is assigned through the IBC. 

  1. Go to (CULearn is Cornell's system to track and manage on-campus provided non-credit training in support of or university business needs.)
  2. Search for EHS 1070 Bloodborne Pathogen Certification - Research
  3. Within EHS 1070, complete the following:
    • EHS 1074 Bloodborne Pathogen Initial Training
      Initial in-classroom training or web based training
    • EHS 1875 Bloodborne Pathogen Refresher Training - Research
      Annual refresher training



    Bloodborne Pathogens means:

    • Pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    Other Potentially Infectious Materials means:

    1. The following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids.
    2. Any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead)
    3. HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV.