Ask the expert: How on-time does yearly training need to be?

By: November 5th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: Does our annual bloodborne pathogen training have to happen exactly one year to the day later? We are low-staffed right now and scheduling is a concern, and an extra month would really help.

A: Your annual training doesn’t need to take place on the exact anniversary date of the preceding training but should be provided on a data “reasonably close” to the anniversary date. OHSA allows for you to take into account the company’s and the employees’ convenience in scheduling, but if the annual training cannot be completed by the anniversary date, you’ll need to write down why it’s been delayed and when the training will be provided.

*This is an excerpt from The OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities by Sarah E. Alholm, MAS.

Comments

That may be how the inspectors in the author’s state interpret the rules but the BBP standard clearly state at 1910.1030 (g)(2)(iv) that training must be provided within one year of their previous training.

 

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