Bloodborne pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, are present in blood and body fluids and can cause disease in humans. The bloodborne pathogens of primary concern are hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
It's important for cleaners and staff to be properly trained on what bloodborne pathogens because cleaners work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities that put them at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Cleaners must be properly trained on what bloodborne pathogens are, how they can become exposed to bloodborne pathogens, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), exposure control plans, proper equipment cleaning and spill cleanup procedures.
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