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the importance of cleaning employees & staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens

27 May 2020 7:52 PM | Ana Malone

    My name is Ana Malone the owner of a small cleaning business and I want to protect my staff from any hazards they may encounter on the job.I t is important for cleaning staff to know about blood-borne pathogens because they could potentially come into contact with them. Blood born pathogens are infectious pathogenic microorganisms in human blood that cause diseases. There are many different blood-borne pathogens, including malaria, syphilis, and brucellosis, and most notably, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While performing routine cleaning duties a Busy B employee may need to dispose of infectious materials. 

         When cleaning, removing trash, or doing laundry my employees may come into contact with blood or other infectious materials on sinks, first aide boxes, or sharp objects that need to be disposed of. Cleaning standards provided by OSHA must be taught to ensure that the risk of exposure to my employees is lowered or eliminated.  It is important to understand that properly disposing of infectious materials is a matter of life and death. 

          Busy B employees will follow universal precautions by assuming that all material is hazardous. We will wash our hands frequently, cover any open cuts with band-aides, wear protective gloves, goggles, and any PPE necessary to the job. We wear PPE when handling contaminated laundry and take care not to smash the trash bags down into trash cans. Employees will be taught to clean and disinfect an area to ensure that pathogens are contained and surfaces are decontaminated so no one else is exposed to the pathogens.Busy B only uses CDC approved cleaners to clean up blood borne pathogens.  

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