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Bloodborne pathogens can be extremely dangerous when not handled correctly. Bloodborne pathogens can carry diseases which can spread to yourself and others. In some cases coming into contact may even be fatal. Proper handling and training are essential to prevent this from happening.
One important key to prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens is, to always use gloves. Be extremely careful not to touch anything outside of the object that has blood/fluid on it and if you can avoid touching the fluid all together, by using the material around it to cover it, please do so. Once you are finished remove gloves in the proper manner, by carefully pulling one glove down with the other, pulling just under the top of the glove. Once the glove is almost off, begin pulling the opposite glove down using the same method and folding one into the other leaving the clean side showing. After use dispose them into the proper container and wash your hands immediately.
Second, wear protective eyewear. Should anything splash or come up, your eyes will be protected. If any fluid gets on glasses, get a clean pair of gloves, remove them and then dispose of them in the proper container. Should any fluid get on your skin, wash it off immediately with antibacterial soap and report it to your supervisor.
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