These interactive learning modules encompass all of the necessary skills in order to become a safe and effective phlebotomist. Topics include safety, equipment, skill sets, and methodologies of the techniques used in the collection process. Additional areas of focus include age-related collections (from geriatric to pediatric collections) as well as information on pre-analytical variables and the effects these have on specimen quality.
This program will include a total of six modules released over time.

Module 2: Safety

Released: April 8, 2021
Expires: April 8, 2023




This module will provide you with valuable information pertaining to safety. You will be introduced to bloodborne pathogens, learning the common viruses you are likely to encounter in the health care setting; the PPE necessary to protect you; and the key elements of infection prevention and control. We also will provide you with information specific to infection control, including an explanation of how infections are spread and the precautions you can use to minimize/eliminate the risk of transmitting health care acquired infections, assuring the protection of you and your patients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the common bloodborne pathogens and the safety measures/precautions utilized to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Recognize the route of transmission of pathogens as it relates to the chain-of-infection.
  • Determine the significance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and how to implement the use of PPE to reduce exposures to health care workers and to prevent transmission of pathogens in the health care setting.
  • Emphasize the importance of proper hand-sanitizing in the prevention of health care acquired infections.

Intended Audience: This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient care staff involved in specimen collection.

Please follow your institution’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). We recognize there are variables associated with phlebotomy processes that are specific to individual institutions. The material presented here may not align with all institutional practices. Continue to follow your institution’s guidelines, procedures, and policies.

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

The following types of credit are offered for Module 2: Safety:
State of California
State of Florida


To obtain credit:
  1. Watch the module.
  2. Participate in the activities.
  3. Complete the posttest and evaluation that is linked to the final slide of the module.
  4. Generate and print your certificate.


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hour. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

State of California
Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of California. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

State of Florida
Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the clinical laboratory sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.