The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates there are about 5.6 million workers in the health care industry and related occupations that are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The good news is that bloodborne pathogens, often called BBPs, can only spread if the blood or other infectious bodily fluids of an infected person enter the bloodstream of another person. This means that it is difficult for bloodborne pathogens to spread if proper precautions are taken. When learners have completed this course, they should be able to recognize the basics of bloodborne pathogens and identify the meaning and risks of occupational exposure. They should also be able to identify how to safely handle sharps and contaminated waste.