It is extremely important to be educated in knowing bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety And Health Administration, has developed a Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, and it has become a universal precaution.
It recommends that blood and certain body fluids from all patients be considered potentially infectious, and that infection control precautions must be taken to minimize the risk of exposure.
Within the workplace, bloodborne pathogens, or BBPs, can be spread among coworkers through a number of different ways. They can be transferred through blood and infectious bodily fluids by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. They spread through cuts, abrasions, rashes, burns or paper cuts of the skin. It's important to never eat, drink, smoke or apply lip balm in areas where there is a possibility you can be exposed. Blood borne pathogens are all over the place and in areas we least expect. So it is very important to take proper precautions in cleaning and keeping employees safe from serious health risks.