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Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

02 Jun 2021 7:56 PM | Charles Frost

Bloodborne pathogens are found in human blood and other body fluids such as synovial fluid. Facility employees such as janitors, housekeepers, custodians, and cleaners may be at risk of exposure to blood and other body fluids in the workplace.

It is at the upmost importance for staff to know how to properly handle linens, trash and cleaning up fluids. If staff has not been trained and improper handling occurs they are setting themselves up for possible deadly exposure to HBV and HIV.

A company should have knowledge of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and CDC's recommended standard precautions both include personal protective equipment, such as gloves, gowns, masks, eye protection (e.g., goggles), and face shields, to protect workers from exposure to infectious diseases.


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