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OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard is a federal OSHA regulation (29 CFR 1910.1030) that prescribes safeguards to protect workers against the health hazards from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, and to reduce their risk from this exposure. Health hazards include but are not limited to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Malaria, Brucellosis, Syphilis, West Nile Virus, etc.
Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens is important because, when applied correctly, it reduces risk potential to threats of viruses. The training guidelines of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard teaches us that all bodily fluids should be treated as if they are contaminated. To eliminate exposure in the workplace, continuing and annual education should be applied to all employees and employers.
Bloodborne Pathogen standards and application of these standards should be prioritized by all workers that come into contact with potential bodily fluid contact. labeling or color-coding is sufficient enough to let all employees know that compliance with the Universal Precautions is required. A knowledgeable and confident team will increase the value of your services to your customers while creating a great working environment for your team.
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