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Bloodborne Pathogens Training Certification Annual Retesting

14 Jul 2021 6:21 PM | Marie Trinkaus

In today's world, there are a plethora of reasons why it is imperative that individuals working in the cleaning industry understand what bloodborne pathogens are, the risks involved in being exposed to them, and the proper knowledge to protect themselves and others in order to minimize, if not eliminate those risks involved, and how to safely deal with situations in which exposure is suspected. 

As long as there are people, there will be a need for cleaning on various levels. Cleaning is such a natural and necessary component of our daily lives! There are so many different types of cleaning being done out there today, ranging from those who clean in a healthcare setting, to custodians, to hotel housekeeping, those who clean homes, and individuals, myself included, who operate small commercial cleaning businesses.

Each job that involves cleaning should *always be considered to carry a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, as we come across many, often unpredictable, situations as cleaners, and should have the know-how to protect not only ourselves from the risks of exposure to transmittable diseases, but those who are around the area, whether as an employee, resident, client, visitor, and so on. 

I absolutely LOVE to clean (cleaning therapy is a real thing!), and enjoy helping other small businesses in my community in this way. I take my job incredibly seriously, and I know many out there in the cleaning industry do as well. By taking the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Program and keeping up to date on certifications annually, and using what I've learned in this program*each and every time I clean, is being a responsible cleaner, and helps me to do my very best in helping keep my clients, family, community, and myself as safe and healthy as I possibly can! 

By knowing what bloodborne pathogens are, how to protect yourself and others from them, and how to handle situations that exposure has occurred, an individual truly could help save a life! 

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