When you hear the term "blood-borne pathogens", what do you think of? First thing that comes to my mind is a zombie invasion. Okay, it's not as scary (or cool) as that, but it is something to take serious. Anyone whose job requires potential risk to coming in contact with bodily fluid needs to be informed of blood-borne pathogens. Why? Because you don't want to become a zombie, of course! Or at least get very, very sick.
Blood-borne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that exist in blood. They can be transmitted through mucus membranes, cuts, or abrasions. Two examples of blood-borne pathogen diseases are hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What is even scarier about these diseases is that you can have it without immediately knowing because it can take some time before signs and symptoms appear.
As cleaning service employees, we are at risk of coming in contact with blood-borne pathogens. That is why it is important for us to take precaution against these diseases. That means wearing proper safety gear, learning proper ways to disinfect, and properly disposing of potentially contaminated items. It requires us to be knowledgeable on blood-borne pathogens and know what procedure to follow if we suspect we have been exposed.
Keep safe practices a priority with every cleaning job you do and we won't have to experience a real life World War Z.