Bloodborne Pathogens training is required of all cleaning employees. A bloodborne pathogens: pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. It is important for employees to follow the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standards to reduce self infections and properly handling of infectious materials. This practice was only used in hospital and health care industry in the past but now has been expanded to all that may come in contact with blood while working.
Employees should never eat, drink, smoke or apply lip balm near potential and/or infectious areas. Employees need to follow Universal Precautions when cleaning up an infectious area. Universal Precaution: recommends that blood and certain body-fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. Contamination can be made by cleaning up after a sick child, emptying the trash or soiled laundry. Protective precautions employees are to wear latex or vinyl gloves and safety goggles. Approved OSHA cleaning products like clean up kits and absorbent.
When cleaning or disposing of soiled laundry color coded bags approved by OSHA should be used. This will lessen your chance of getting exposed to HIV, HBV or Hepatitis B. Use thongs to pick up needles or waste and place in properly color containers. All cleaning businesses will incorporate their own Written Exposure Plan that will be kept up to date but needs to be reviewed annually. OSHA requests that all employers are to maintain records for up to 3 years. More information on OSHA Guidelines can be found at www.osha.gov.