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Universal Precautions

27 Jul 2021 3:30 AM | Justin Taylor

Bloodborne pathogens can be encountered by a janitorial agency on a regular basis depending on the cleaning site. We must be aware and knowledgeable on the Universal Precautions when it comes to bloodborne pathogens. These precautions can be the difference between life and death, which we hope to avoid the death. Taking the proper steps when approaching potentially infectious environments should be known and taken advantage of.


Cleaning employees should be educated on these Universal Precautions free of charge when employed by the cleaning company. Teaching your employees how to protect themselves in and infectious environment should be your main priority. No employee should be at risk due to lack of education when it is readily available. Sometimes approaching these bodily fluids can be troubling, however it is fairly easy.


All employees of the cleaning company should wear proper PPE at all times. We must use the proper BETCO disinfectants when cleaning the infected area and reusable equipment like mop buckets. Employees should report all potential incidents where bloodborne pathogens could have infected them. It is our responsibility to know and follow the Universal Precautions. Not only for our safety, but for the safety and well being of others.

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