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Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood. These microorganisms can cause disease in humans. Some of the diseases include Hepatitus B Virus (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Initially OSHA developed its bloodborne standard for healthcare and hospital workers. But, that has been expanded to other workers, occupations and industries in which reasonably anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials may occur. You got it! That includes the janitorial and cleaning industry.
In the janitorial and cleaning industry, it is not uncommon to come across materials that may be contaminated with blood or other infectious materials. Think about it. When you clean the restroom, change trash bins, or wipe up vomit.
It is important to be educated on bloodborne pathogens and how to protect yourself, your staff and others from coming into contact with the fluids by following universal precautions. It is equally important to follow the precautions each and every time, treating body fluids from all individuals as potentially infectious. Not doing so could be life threatening! Not just for you, but for others.
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