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OSHA developed bloodborne standards for any industry that could be at risk of introducing themselves to bloodborne pathogens (not just in doctors offices, and hospitals). Knowing all of the ways to prevent exposure will keep you and your staff healthy and massively reduce the risk of getting infected with HBV, HIV, or other bloodborne pathogens.
It can be contracted when bloodborne pathogens enter mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes), or open cuts on parts of the body. Following universal precautions makes it easy to protect yourself from coming in contact with infected fluids.
When you know about OSHA’s practices and regulations, you are better able to prepare yourself, your clients, and your staff prior to possible infection risk. Staff will be trained in PPE wear, proper procedures for trash removal, and cleaning of areas where infection can be.
There are steps that need to be taken in case of a situation where you or your staff comes in contact with a bloodborne pathogen. When you are aware of bloodborne pathogens and the protocol to follow in order to prevent exposure, or if one is unfortunately exposed, you are showing the massive amount of importance your clients, staff, and business are to you- so that all can move safely, and you can keep everyone healthy.
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