Our company wears many hats in the restoration industry. This puts our staff at risk almost every day. It’s important for our staff to know that bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Bloodborne pathogens can be contracted or to come in contact by blood, mucous membrane, saliva and other body fluids and/or cuts, abrasions, human bites or needle sticks.
While onsite, it’s important to know what is being cleaned. How do we prevent cross contamination and what PPE is appropriate for the work that’s being performed. It is very imperative to implement the proper training for usage of PPE. Proper donning and doffing PPE should also be with that training.
If someone is exposed to bloodborne pathogens, they should follow proper protocol immediately. Wash exposed skin, cuts, and needlestick injuries thoroughly with soap and water. If you have been splashed by potentially infectious fluids around the eyes, nose or mouth, flush the area with water. Immediately report the incident to emergency medical services.
Proper labeling and disposal are a very vital part of what needs to be done on each job site. Red medical waste management bags and having proper labeled & color coated containers that don’t leak from the bottom or the sides are two examples of this.
Every business that deals with bloodborne pathogens needs to develop proper overall training on dues and don’ts. Keeping proper record keeping and yearly training are some of most important things as well.