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Importance of Bloodborne Pathogens Precautions

27 Mar 2021 12:59 PM | Ralph Hughes
Cleaning personnel have numerous dangers of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens and must use precautions when removing trash, laundry or cleaning after a sick person. Precautions can prevent serious illness or even death. OSHA developed the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in the prevention of the spread of pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and that can cause disease in humans such as Hep B and HIV. Transmission occurs when a person comes in contact with these pathogens with their mucus membranes such as nose, mouth or open wounds. ALL blood and body fluids should be considered potentially infectious. The best defense in combating exposure is a good offense. Always follow universal precautions and wear protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. NEVER eat, drink, smoke or apply lip balm in areas of possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Do not manually compress trash and never reuse towels or sponges. Use properly color coded containers and bags when disposing of bloodborne pathogens. And most importantly if exposed to bloodborne pathogens immediately contact your supervisor and a medical professional.

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