Bloodborne Pathogens and Work Place Safety.
It is important for cleaning employees and staff to have knowledge of bloodborne pathogens. This knowledge will protect individuals from work place exposure to blood or other possibly infectious materials. Bloodborne pathogens can be spread if the proper guidelines aren’t followed.
Bloodborne pathogens are diseases present in the blood and body fluids. These body fluids include saliva, vomit, urine, semen etc., which can infect and cause diseases in humans. The most known of these are Human Immunodeficiency Virus also known as HIV, AIDS, and the Hepatitis B virus.
To reduce or eliminate the dangers of workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens, an employer must put an exposure control plan into action. Employees should know how and where to store used needles. Blood and body fluid spills should be treated as if they are infectious. Be sure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment when cleaning up spills. By not following the proper clean up guidelines a person is at risk of contracting diseases and possible death.
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