Cleaning workers that are dealing with human bodily fluids must always have a clear understanding of OSHA's standard for bloodborne pathogens and needlestick prevention. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to dangerous bloodborne pathogens. There should be a proper plan in place when dealing with bloodborne pathogens which includes treating all human bodily fluids as if they are infected, wearing the proper safety equipment and using sufficient chemicals to disinfect whatever you are cleaning. Following OSHA's univeral precautions should ensure you do the job safely. In the event of exposure to a bloodborne pathogen such as a needlestick or blood splatter in the eye, you need to flush the area with water and wash with soap. Then seek medical attention right away so they can determine what you were exposed to and treat it accordingly. Having a strong understanding of bloodborne pathogens will minimize risk when dealing with these potentially dangerous fluids.
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