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Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diease in humans. These pathogens include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
In order to reduce or eleminate the hazards of occupatoinal exposure to bloodborn pathogens. An employer must implement an exposure control plan for the work site. The plan must describe how an employer will use engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, employee training, vaccinations, and requirements by OSHA bloodborne pathogens standards.
It is important for employer and employee to know OSHA information on bloodborne pathogens and how to contain them. This information can save a life and keep pathogens from spreading or being able to enter people blood stream through the nose, mouth, mucus membrane, cuts or tears in the skin.
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