Millions of people in the USA are required to take OSHA training for Bloodborne Pathogens annually.
It’s an integral part of job safety for all workers who may be at risk of exposure to human blood or other bodily fluids as part of their job.
This, of course, includes healthcare workers, tattoo artists and others who actually work with or around blood and OPIM on a daily basis, but also millions of Americans who work in everyday, general workplaces like restaurants, offices and manufacturing sites.
Training for Bloodborne Pathogens must be provided to staff free by employers, but in many cases workers will source their own training and be reimbursed by the employer, or they will have a say in which course they want to take in order to get certified.
There is a huge marketplace for Bloodborne Pathogens Certification courses so there is a lot of choices. The problem is, there are a lot of outdated and low-quality courses out there that still charge you $25 and upwards for a terrible learning experience.
It’s not always easy to choose a course, particularly if you can’t see a demo of the content first (hint: this is a big red flag), but aside from that there are multiple things to look out for to ensure you aren’t paying through the nose for a ‘bloodborne pathogens OSHA training nightmare’.
In this article, we take a look at some real-life reviews of Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA training courses and address what the unfortunate customer could have looked out for first to save their time and money
Disclaimer: It is not the intention of this article to ‘name and shame’ bad course providers – the reviews shown, however, are real, and from a popular training for Bloodborne pathogens providers that charge a premium and train many thousands of Americans per year.
Ease of Use and Online Experience
You (or your employer) are paying good money for a training for Bloodborne Pathogens course, so you want the experience to be smooth and hassle-free.
Unfortunately, unless a demo module or a pass then pay option is offered you may not know how the course experience itself is before you sign up.
Having said that, if the signup process is difficult, confusing, or requires you to contact support just to get access to the course, run.
Value for money
Training for Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA prices vary. At the low end, you could pay $9.95 for a text-based course, more usually a price of between $19.95 and $30 is common, but wait, that’s a $10, or one-third difference… that’s quite a lot of money so the higher priced courses must be better right?
Unfortunately, as with many things in life, you don’t always get what you pay for – so please ensure you select a course that allows you to either view a demo or take the course free first and then pay for a bloodborne pathogen certificate.
Many providers offer a free bloodborne pathogens training option, so there is no need to pay big money for a substandard course in 2019.
Smooth Training for Bloodborne Pathogens Process
The whole purpose of taking training for bloodborne pathogens is to get certified and compliant. You took the course online, passed the blood borne pathogen test, but where is your certificate?
You should check carefully on a provider’s website to ensure the certification process looks simple and reliable. Ideally, your bloodborne pathogen certificate will be delivered to you instantly online and also by email, you shouldn’t have to be chasing support to get your certificate delivered.
You should be able to find the course you want to take, sign up for it, and be training within 3 minutes. If you are struggling to navigate the provider’s website or scrolling through endless lists of courses then just take the hint and look elsewhere.
Use of Outdated Technologies e.g. Flash
It’s 2022, but a lot of training for Bloodborne Pathogens providers seem to be stuck in 1997 and still use incredibly outdated technology like Flash that is not supported by today’s web and mobile browsers like Chrome and Safari.
Nowadays, when you sign up for a training course you expect to be able to take it wherever, whenever, and on any device that you choose. A lot of people prefer to train in their free time on a smartphone or tablet, so ensure the bloodborne pathogen training you choose fully supports how you want to train and won’t leave you stuck to a Windows desktop trying to work out how to get a 3-year-old version of internet explorer working.
All of our OSHA compliant training for bloodborne pathogens courses are designed to be 100% responsive on any device, train on your phone, tablet, Macbook or desktop, you can even switch between devices mid-course and pick up seamlessly where you left off.
When you are ready to take a Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA training course you will find a lot of options.
Bear in mind that the top results that you see in Google won’t necessarily be the best courses to suit your needs, so be prepared to dig a little deeper to find a blood-borne pathogen training provider that offers courses to suit your needs.
It will help to make a checklist of the top things you need in a course, e.g. ‘Train on my iPhone’, ‘train free and pay for certificate if I’m satisfied’ etc etc. This will help you eliminate courses that don’t match your requirements until you find the perfect course for you.
You can take any of our bloodborne pathogens OSHA training courses free right away and get a bloodborne pathogen certificate, just sign-up and begin training immediately – you only pay for a certificate after completing the training if you’re 100% satisfied.