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Importance of Knowing About Bloodborne Pathogens

10 Jul 2020 5:31 AM | Robert Jordan

Medical cleaning employees and staff should educate themselves on prevention of contamination of bloodborne pathogens. Some ways to stay knowledgeable of preventative methods are by reading the CDC website, OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), as well as the Company's Cleaning Policy and Procedure. 

Some bloodborne pathogens consist of, but are not limited to HIV (Human Immunodifficiency Virus), HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), & HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). These are the most common bloodborne pathogens in which can become deadly once exposed. The reason being is there is no cure, however there is medicine that can contain the spread of the virus. Without proper treatment, these pathogens attack the immune system, ultimately causing organ failure. The CDC website is constantly updated with information on bloodborne pathogens and ways to prevent the spread of such pathogens. OSHA provides information and resources that overall are in place to help keep workers safe from exposure to bloodborne pathogens Employers form their cleaning & prevention policy and procedures based on OSHA's guidelines.

Remaining educated on ways to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other disease and infections can ultimately prevent the spread of disease. It is important to take care of your health and be mindful that just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. It is also important to stay up to date with policies and procedures since they may change as new pathogens emerge.

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