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The importance of cleaning employees & staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens

20 Oct 2021 4:56 PM | Traci Lynn Curney

It is very important for cleaning companies to ensure that their employees know the correct precautions to follow concerning bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms found in human blood that can cause disease. Hepatitis B(HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency virus(HIV) are two majors diseases that are highly infectious when it come in contact with the mucus membrane.  Companies need to make sure the employees know how to protect themselves and respond to situations that may be contaminated with bloodborne pathogens. 

 The Occupational Safety Health Administration(OSHA) has created guidelines that all employers must follow to ensure employees treat all bodily fluids as being contaminated. Every jobsite has to have a written exposure control plan available in case an employee is exposed.  The plan must stay updated and reviewed annually.  Center for Disease Control(CDC) has established Universal Precautions as well.

Employees should be trained to wear the Proper Protective Equipment(PPE) and know how to dispose of needles in the proper container.  Employees should also know to disinfect their buckets and equipment after use and properly dispose of towels in a biohazard bag.  Most importantly, they must wash their hands immediately after cleaning up bodily fluids.  All of these precautions has been established for the safety of the employee and their clients.  Knowledge is very powerful and necessary to ensure we follow guidelines that protects everyone's health.


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