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Bloodborne pathogens, small but important

18 Apr 2019 7:08 PM | Deleted user

During the cleaning process, cleaning workers are exposed to the contaminated areas and under the threat of bloodborne pathogens. If the employees and staff have no idea about bloodborne pathogens, they might push down the garbage with bare hands, or do not care to be aware of needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries that may happen, or dispose contaminated sharps the wrong way… These are the beginning of a disaster.

It is employers’ responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for the employees and staff. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires that employer must implement an exposure control plan for the worksite to protect their employee and staff against exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus.

By knowing bloodborne pathogens, injuries and bloodborne infections can be avoided. Cleaning employees and staff know how to use appropriate personal protective equipment before they are exposed to any potentially infectious materials. They know how to use safer medical devices. They know how to protect themselves and others better.

All in all, do not ignore bloodborne pathogens because you cannot see the risk to your life hiding right in front of you. 

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