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Importance of Bloodborne Pathogen Training

16 Mar 2023 6:41 PM | Tyler Hodge

We can all benefit from a work environment that concentrates on the health and safety of its employees and clients. Making sure that your company is properly educated, trained and supported through policies and procedures required or recommended by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) can provide a safe workspace for your employees and offer them the confidence they need to provided quality services to your clients and that establish themselves in their careers.

OSHA requires that all employees in any industry that may come in contact with potentially infectious bloodborne pathogens (whether from blood or other bodily fluids) receive training and access to documentation, support and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as part of their employment. These standards are in place to protect your employees from becoming contaminated and exposed to potentially fatal diseases like HBV or HIV, as well as reduces the risk of spreading infected bloodborne pathogens to our loved ones and communities.

As employers, we should educate our employees of the risks and liabilities working in the spaces in which they are employed as well as their assigned tasks. If they are not properly trained, educated or cautioned, they unknowingly risk their lives in performing a service for our benefit. We must not be so careless or selfish. Cleaning companies should follow OSHA laws and provide the training and support essential to protecting our staff and ensuring a safe working envirnoment.

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