When you are working in the janitorial industry it is extremely important to know what bloodborne pathogens are and how to protect against contamination. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can cause disease to be transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. It is vital to know how to protect yourself and your employees from the risk that exposure to them can cause. Knowing the risks, and how to prevent them, will lead to a healthier and safer working environment. It is important to follow OSHA compliant training.
Employees must always wear PPE (personal protective equipment) while on the job site. This can be in the form of, but not limited to, gloves, gowns and goggles. This is one line of defense against bloodborne pathogens. You must always make sure to be aware of your surroundings and follow protocols on the job site. Never compress trash in trash bags. Always take the trash bag out of the can properly and dispose of it. Pick up sharps with tongs and place them in the sharp container.
Make hepatitis B vaccinations available to all employees that run the risk of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. This would be at no-cost to the employee. Offer on-going OSHA compliant training in this line of work to make sure that everyone is up to date on the correct procedures.