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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Workers in many occupations, including first aid team members, housekeeping personnel, maintenance and janitorial staff, nurses, and other healthcare personnel, may be at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has defined occupational exposure and laid out requirements for employers to train employees about bloodborne pathogens in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 296-823.
In addition, people who are licensed to provide health care or who work in a health care facility are required to have specific education about HIV/AIDS. Requirements vary by type of license.
KCPHD no longer offers training in these areas. Many options are available to meet your education needs. Please check out the following resources.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.