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Everyone needs to recognize the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This is especially crucial for cleaning and custodial staff. Bloodborne pathogens are potentially found anywhere that people go which means potentially everywhere and not just in medical or clinical settings. Workers in those setting may have a higher risk of exposure but everyone needs to be aware of it and trained how to safely and properly handle it.
Bloodborne pathogens are normally found in blood and other bodily secretions. Universal precautions are the best way to handle all blood and bodily fluids as though they are infectious. Staff should wear PPE to prevent contact with the blood and bodily fluids.
With awareness and training staff should be able to avoid coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. Companies must ensure that staff are properly trained and follow the Exposure Control Plan. In the event that someone is exposed to potential bloodborne pathogens everyone needs to know how to handle the situation. The first step is to immediately wash the affected area with soap and water. Managers need to know what to do if an employee comes to then after they have been exposed to potential bloodborne pathogens. Safety is a priority for all and training helps ensure that a proper mindset is instilled in everyone.
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