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Why Safety is Important When Working with Potential Bloodborne Pathogens

05 Apr 2020 3:56 PM | Brandie Billingslea

As a cleaner, it is imperative to your safety and those around you to be aware of possible dangers and take precautions. Bloodborne Pathogens such as HBV, HCV, and HIV may be present in blood but also other bodily fluids. In order to prevent infection to yourself or the spread to others, follow OSHA Standards such as the ones discussed in this article.

When working around potential Bloodborne Pathogens, always assume the blood or bodily fluid is infectious. Be sure to use Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves and goggles when cleaning up bodily fluids. Furthermore, avoid eating, drinking, smoking, or applying cosmetics such as lip balm when working in potentially dangerous areas. 

In the event you feel you may have come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids, contact your supervisor immediately. Be sure to communicate the Post Exposure plan and take all steps necessary. These steps are crucial to prevent the spread of infections and disease and should always be taken seriously. 

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