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Bloodborne Pathogens: Your Safety into the Unknown

19 Jul 2020 10:38 AM | Christoff Neely

Each and every job we come across has its own paths, cross- roads and even journeys. Its important, even vital for all staff to know what situation they may be getting into. Saying this, for every entrance you must always have an exit strategy. These are some of the essentials we must know as cleaners on the battlefront known as bloodborne pathogens.

Bloodborne Pathogens are microorganisms that are infectious in human blood or bodily fluids that can cause disease. Two of these diseases are HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) which is associated with AIDS. This is why it is so important for cleaning staff and employees be intrinsically safe when exposed to these types of environments. Exposed cuts, bites, needle pricks, saliva as well as through your mucus membranes are ways you can be inflicted by bloodborne pathogens. Proper training programs in your organization must be instilled in your employees and staff's best interest.

Without this training and knowledge your cleaning staff won't know the enemy they are fighting and the risk involved with this type of cleaning that not only effects them and the people around them, but they can also risk the lives of there loved ones at home. Having a ''Universal Precaution'' approach that was established by OSHA is a key component in training staff. What this means is to treat everything with caution and as if it is contagious such as blood, bodily fluids and always have on your PPE. When dealing with laundry or trash always be aware of the unseen that may be present such as needles or things that may potentially cut you and lead to infections. If the unfortunate happens and you get cut in that environment, always remember to contact your supervisor and deal with the situation immediately.

In closing, remember to keep it simple.

After and during any disinfecting always be cautious of your surroundings at all times.

Always wash hands thoroughly after taking of gloves and other PPE.

You are the most powerful weapon in the prevention of Bloodborne Pathogens. 


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