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Bloodborne Pathogen Common Practices

27 Jul 2021 9:09 PM | Precious Austin

As a cleaner, following the correct procedures and protocols is very essential in regard to Bloodborne Pathogens because you are coming into direct contact with human blood, vomit and saliva.  We must be aware of diseases such as HIV, HBV etc. If we are not careful, we could expose ourselves through these pathogens through cuts and scrapes and other bodily fluids. It is also important that employers educate their employees and staff the importance in staying safe because you might not be aware who is exposed to bloodborne pathogen. It is hard to determine just by looking at someone or because they don’t look and feel sick. All employees and staff should always prepare for these things in advance by having some type of training in place. By having the proper training, you will know how to handle different types of situations that may happen that could save not only someone else’s life but yours as well.

When dealing with Bloodborne Pathogen, we must always wear protective gear no matter if you work in a healthcare facility, commercial and residential cleaning businesses and while working at any contaminated areas. We must use universal precautions by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, etc that help prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, HIV and HBV. Any containers with needled should be placed in a colored coded red or orange labeled trash bags.  When possible, always handle laundry cautiously. Always decontaminate surfaces and use Betco disinfectants when cleaning blood or other fluids.

Even with COVID-19 it is also important to take our health and the health in others seriously especially during the pandemic. If you are in the cleaning industry, we must do our due diligence in staying safe by washing our hands after each clean rather we are in our homes or cleaning other homes. This should be a daily practice. We should also follow OSHA guidelines. By not following the guidelines we could face serious fines.  To conclude, if taking these precautions seriously you will have peace of mind knowing that you, your staff and others you come in contact with are safe.  


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